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A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last 50 years by Paul Hirsch, a film editor who worked on more than 40 features. 

Starting with his work on Carrie, Hirsch gives insight into the production process, touching upon casting, directing, cutting, and scoring. It’s a riveting look at the decisions that went into creating memorable and iconic scenes and offers fascinating portraits of filmmakers, stars, and composers.

Part film-school primer, part paean to legendary directors and professionals, the funny yet insightful writing will entertain and inform aficionados and casual moviegoers alike.

©2019 Paul Hirsch (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • TK
  • 2020-01-13

Better than I could have imagined

I was excited at the prospect of learning some about the film industry and the decisions that happen in the cutting room. This book was all that and so much more, one of my favorite audiobooks in awhile. I've already gotten some friends and family on to it. The orator was an excellent choice, it's hard to believe it's not Paul himself.

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  • E. Terrell
  • 2021-05-12

Enjoyable listen for fans of film and film Editing

I listened to all 15 hrs of this over the course of a month or so. I have to say, the beginning was a lot more interesting, hearing about how he got in the business working alongside Brian DePalma and then of course editing the first two Star Wars films. After a while though it gets a bit repetitive, though never outright boring. Some of the films he made later on he barely mentions at all, assuming no one cares. I wanted to know more about Raising Cain but he pretty much glossed over it. It started to get a little more interesting at the end though as his role changes a bit. Overall, an enjoyable listen with a good presentation.

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  • Parker Posey
  • 2020-12-17

Very Enjoyable!

Having spent many hours in a Avid Bay shaping storylines this book was an obvious choice.

It delivered too! His ascend in Hollywood working on Star Wars and Ray were especially interesting as was the times he went to London working on the score for various films. It was neat seeing the many connections and people who disappointed Paul. It’s also a little sad the friends you make only to realize many decades later many are short term when you run into them or they pop up as you ended up never seeing them again. Although this book is in my wheelhouse; I finish it by thinking anyone who loves Hollywood and movies just a little bit will enjoy this book.

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  • Paul D Lindgren
  • 2019-11-24

A fascinating look “behind the curtain”..

A great longitudinal look at the development of a film editor and his career. It is peppered with fun and insightful morsels from films, both hits and disasters.

The performer was an excellent choice, it was easy to imagine that the author was reading his own work.

Very enjoyable audio book.

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  • John
  • 2019-12-12

Fantastic Book

Loved everything about this book. I happen to be a filmmaker, so I knew first hand many of things Mr. Hirsch addresses in the book, but even people unfamiliar with moviemaking will find this book a fascinating peek behind the curtain, as well as a wonderful account of a life well lived telling stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-08-16

A must for anyone with passion for editing

This book for me was a game changer for me. Talk about an inside education. I was inspired and could not put it down. I was disappointed when was over. I'd love to meet Paul and I'm hoping if he does any lectures or appearances I'll hear about it. I searched him online with no avail. Really really loved it. I stumbled across it while searching audible for books about editing. I had not know Paul's name but his body of work is world famous. I know him now personally it feels. Can't thank him enough.

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  • Coronnalvr
  • 2021-10-26

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as a movie fan, this was my first look at a different role in movie making very interesting.

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  • Brian J Davis
  • 2021-10-14

For a fellow Editor, this book is priceless

There’s not many books about film editing that are so entertaining and enlightening. As a fellow editor, this is priceless because we don’t get many opportunities to share our experiences, and to hear similar experiences from a great one with such amazing credits and talent, is so affirming and inspiring. This book made me smile a lot and made me think about some of my personal approaches to film editing and collaboration. Really great book!

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  • mark
  • 2021-09-08

Fantastic!

If you are a fan of the film industry and enjoy pulling back the curtain on a boat load of film classics, then I cannot recommend this audio book more. The narrator has a major Tom Waits vibe, which may take a moment to adjust to but I thought he was great. One previous reviewer stated that they would have liked more detail on some of Paul’s later “lesser” films and I actually agree with that. Not sure if he just felt we wouldn’t care as much or was wearing down a bit, but that minor issue aside this was a great book! Highly recommended!!!!!

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  • BillyS
  • 2021-07-11

Fabulous story

Very well told and insightful! And the performance is fantastic. If you are a film buff this one is well worth your time!

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  • Thomas J. Terence
  • 2021-06-05

Great, funny, sad, basically all the emotions!

This is just a informed and illuminating book about a little understood part of the filmmaking process.