Great Film Pioneer, Dede Allen, Dies

A great light has gone out in the film world. This past Saturday, pioneering film editor, Dede Allen, passed away. Dede Allen nearly single-handedly revolutionized the whole notion of film editing with the 1967 “Bonnie & Clyde.”

I had the privilege of interviewing Dede Allen in the mid-80’s, first when I worked as a producer for NBC’s “Today Show”, and later for my DVD series, “Filmmakers on Film: The Reel Women Archive Video Series.”

Allen was an innovator in so many ways, not the least of which was freely sharing what she knew with younger editors. After “REDS” in 1981, Allen almost without exception shared her editing credit with younger editors. “You have to pass on what you know,” she said to me in 1986, “because we’re here, then we’re gone.”

Through the miracles of modern internet fare, here is an excerpt from the interview I did with Dede Allen:

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Although Allen was nominated for the Oscars many times, she never won, nor was she ever awarded life-time achievement acclaim by the Academy. Don’t get me started on the misogyny of the whole damn system.

Anyway, we’re all gonna miss you, Dede. A great screen light has gone dark.