Film editor Schoonmaker awarded Venice Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:32
Thelma Schoonmaker, who has worked with Martin Scorsese for over 45 years, receives the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the 71st Venice film festival. Kathi Urban reports.
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Thelma Schoonmaker, who has found acclaim as Martin Scorsese's trusted editor, picked up the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival on Tuesday (September 2).
The Algerian-born American has worked almost exclusively for Scorsese in a partnership that has spanned more than 45 years.
SOUNDBITE Film editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, saying (English):
"Imagine meeting Martin Scorsese when he was a 21-year-old student whose genius was about to spring into the world. Then imagine being able to work with him on 22 films over half a century. He's given me films to edit with him that are brilliant, endlessly challenging and always different from one another. Scorsese presents himself a new hurdle with each film and I get to jump over that hurdle with him. Nobody could ask for a better life in film than this."
Schoonmaker and Scorsese first worked together in 1967 on "Who's the Knocking at my Door?" but it was "Raging Bull" for which she won her first Academy award for editing.
She has since won two more Oscars for "The Aviator" and "The Departed" - both Scorsese films - and is about to start work on his biopic about Frank Sinatra.
Scorsese was not able to attend the ceremony in Venice and instead congratulated his editor via a video message.
SOUNDBITE Video message from directior Martin Scorsese, saying (English):
"It would have been great to be in Venice tonight but we have work here so I'm sending me love, everybody here does and enjoy yourself there tonight."
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