RIP: Sally Menke, Film Editor
I was caught off guard by the news of film editor Sally Menke’s death yesterday. After the death of famed film editor Dede Allen I began researching the history and contributions of female film editors and “discovered” Sally Menke. If you’re wondering exactly who Sally Menke is, you needn’t look any further than Tarantino’s entire filmography. She was Tarantino’s best kept secret. Moveline did a great interview with her; I loved her response regarding working with QT and his musical tastes:
I never edit my first run-through with music. I never put the music in until I have a fairly sure cut that I feel pretty comfortable with. I don’t always know what piece of music will be in, although I did know that David Bowie was going to be [in Basterds]. I wasn’t so sure about the opening music — I had a couple ideas bouncing around. For the most part, though, I don’t put the music in until we start working together, and then we get very frame-specific. Quentin tends to know what music he’s putting in what scene, and he has this profound ability to layer the rhythm of the music onto the scene while he’s shooting it. It’s actually rather simple for me to figure out his needs because it’s cellular on his level. He affects how the scene is paced by the actors with the music internally going on in his head.
Examples of Menke’s brilliant cuts:
Don’t let me be misunderstood…
The Bonnie Situation….