Murch’s five decades in cinema as editor, sound mixer, writer, and director stretches back to 1969 and includes work on THX-1138, The Godfather I, II, and III, American Graffiti, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, Touch of Evil, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, and many other films with directors such as George Lucas, Fred Zinnemann, Philip Kaufman, Anthony Minghella, Kathryn Bigelow, Sam Mendes, and Brad Bird. Murch’s pioneering achievements in sound were acknowledged by Coppola when he granted the screen credit of Sound Designer to Murch for Apocalypse Now. Murch has been nominated for nine Academy Awards (six for editing picture and three for sound mixing) and has won three Oscars: for best sound on Apocalypse Now and for Best Film Editing and Best Sound for his work on The English Patient. Murch has also recently edited and co-written two feature-length documentaries: Particle Fever (2013) on the search for the Higgs Boson (winner of the Grierson Award, and the Steven Hawking Medal for Science Communication); and the recently-completed Coup 53 (2019) on the history and consequences of western interference in the politics of Iran. Coup 53 had its world premiere at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival and won Best Documentary at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran in 2021.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson, and in the presence of filmmakers Mark Levinson (Film Director) and Walter Murch (Film Editor and three Academy Awards Oscar winner), join us for a special evening at the Globe of Science and Innovation on Sunday 3 July at 5.00 p.m. […]
What is the difference, if any, between editing a documentary and a fiction film? Murch, who has done both during his six-decade career as an editor and sound designer, explores the differences and similarities, with examples from the documentaries Particle Fever and Coup 53, and fictional films The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and The Godfather. Note […]