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GEORGE TOMASINI

by Martin Wilson
FILM EDITOR. As essential to Hitchcock’s films as Bernard Herrmann. His two films with George Pal, THE TIME MACHINE and 7 FACES OF DR. LAO, also show what a grasp of storytelling he had. The ‘parlor scene’ in PSYCHO is my choice for best dialogue scene between two actors, ever. As great as Tomasini’s work is in the following ‘shower scene’, I think this quiet moment between Marion Crane and Norman Bates is the most powerful in the entire film. The rhythm and pacing of the editing is brilliant and completely attuned to the contrasting psyches of the two characters. No wonder Hitchcock loved working with him. If you want to grasp the… Read more

FILM EDITOR. As essential to Hitchcock’s films as Bernard Herrmann. His two films with George Pal, THE TIME MACHINE and 7 FACES OF DR. LAO, also show what a grasp of storytelling he had. The ‘parlor scene’ in PSYCHO is my choice for best dialogue scene between two actors, ever. As great as Tomasini’s work is in the following ‘shower scene’, I think this quiet moment between Marion Crane and Norman Bates is the most powerful in the entire film. The rhythm and pacing of the editing is brilliant and completely attuned to the contrasting psyches of the two characters. No wonder Hitchcock loved working with him.

If you want to grasp the essentials of great editing, the work of George Tomasini is where to start. Of course, you can’t discuss him without mentioning Hitchcock. While everyone knows how great Hitchcock and Herrmann are, Tomasini’s crucial involvement has been less studied. Given how few credits he has, (22 films), the quality is amazing. As Kubrick has stated, editing is the one area of filmmaking that is unique. Tomasini’s work is the essence of cinema.

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