Peter Zinner


Editor

About

Birth Place
Austria
Born
July 24, 1919
Died
November 13, 2007

Biography

Prominent editor, mostly of US films and some TV. An adept handler of powerful and violent action scenes, Zinner has several very important films to his credit. His earliest work dates back to the late 1950s; one of his first films was the early Sam Peckinpah Western, "The Deadly Companions" (1961). His mid-60s work is distinguished by two solid films for director Richard Brooks, the exc...

Biography

Prominent editor, mostly of US films and some TV. An adept handler of powerful and violent action scenes, Zinner has several very important films to his credit. His earliest work dates back to the late 1950s; one of his first films was the early Sam Peckinpah Western, "The Deadly Companions" (1961). His mid-60s work is distinguished by two solid films for director Richard Brooks, the exciting Western "The Professionals" (1966) and the chilling docudrama "In Cold Blood" (1967). Zinner has not been a prolific craftsman, but in the 70s, after working on Mikhail Kalatozov's "La Tenda Rossa" (1970), he spliced together the vivid imagery for Francis Ford Coppola's landmark revisionist gangster epics, "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather, Part II" (1974).

Zinner followed with several high profile but rather routine credits in "A Star Is Born" (1976) and "Mahogany" (1975) before his next major achievement, "The Deer Hunter" (1978). A film full of wrenching, suspensefully edited sequences vividly chronicling the horrors of war, Michael Cimino's Vietnam epic won Zinner an Oscar for his work. His work on "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) was justly acclaimed, and he added punch to action fare like "The Hunt for Red October" (1990). Zinner also took a stab at directing with "Salamander" (1981), a competently handled but ultimately uninvolving action film which received little exposure. Much of his editing skill during the 80s was directed towards his nascent work for the small screen, as Zinner handled the cutting for two lengthy and prestigious miniseries, "The Winds of War" (1983) and its sequel, "War and Remembrance" (1988), winning an Emmy for the latter.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Salamander (1983)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Producer (Feature Film)

Conspiracy (2001)
Executive Producer
Flying Blind (1990)
Executive Producer
Broken Vows (1987)
Executive Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Editor
Conspiracy (2001)
Editor
Dirty Pictures (2000)
Editor
The Omega Code (1999)
Editor
Gengis Khan (1998)
Editor
A Gun Car Blonde (1997)
Editor
Lost in Africa (1994)
Editor
Citizen Cohn (1992)
Editor
Gladiator (1992)
Editor
Ted & Venus (1991)
Editor
Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (1990)
Editor
Eternity (1990)
Editor
Saving Grace (1986)
Editor
War and Love (1985)
Editor
Running Brave (1983)
Executive Editor
An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)
Editor
Foolin' Around (1980)
Editor
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
Editor
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Editor
A Star Is Born (1976)
Editor
Foxtrot (1976)
Editor
Mahogany (1975)
Editor
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Editor
The Godfather (1972)
Editing
Darling Lili (1970)
Film Editor
The Red Tent (1970)
Editor
Changes (1969)
Film Editor
In Cold Blood (1967)
Film Editor
Gunn (1967)
Film Editor
The Professionals (1966)
Film Editor
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
Film Editor
Wild Harvest (1961)
Film Editor
For the First Time (1959)
Film Editor

Music (Feature Film)

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
Eng version Music Supervisor

Sound (Feature Film)

After You, Comrade (1967)
Sound
Lord Jim (1965)
Music Editor
The Naked Kiss (1964)
Music Editor
Varan the Unbelievable (1962)
Music Editor for U.S. version
Rider on a Dead Horse (1962)
Music Editor
The Deadly Companions (1961)
Music Editor
For the First Time (1959)
Music Editor

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Godfather (1972)
Foreign post prod
Criss Cross (1949)
Siodmak's personal Assistant

Post Production (Feature Film)

The Godfather Part II (1974)
Post-Production

Editing (TV Mini-Series)

American Tragedy (2000)
Editor
War and Remembrance (1988)
Editor
The Winds of War (1983)
Editor

Life Events

1938

Escaped from Vienna in July and eventually moved to the USA

1959

Earliest feature film credits include work as editor of the United States-West German-Italian co-production, "Come Prima"

1972

Received first Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing for the Francis Ford Coppola film, "The Godfather"

1981

Directed first feature film, "Salamander," which played theatrically in Europe and in the US on HBO; film later received a limited theatrical release in the US

1982

Received an Oscar nomination for editing the feature, "An Officer and a Gentleman"

1983

Earliest TV work included the TV miniseries, "The Winds of War"

1987

First TV-movie, "Broken Vows"

1988

Edited the miniseries "War and Remembrance," the sequel to "The Winds of War"

1992

Edited the HBO movie "Citizen Cohn"

2006

Edited "Running With Arnold," a documentary about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; worked on project with daughter, Katina Zinner

Bibliography