Dede Allen


Editor

About

Also Known As
Dorothea Carothers Allen
Birth Place
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Born
December 03, 1923
Died
April 17, 2010
Cause of Death
Stroke

Biography

One of the most distinguished film editors of the American cinema, and often considered one of the most imaginative and creative, Dede Allen has been associated with directors as varied as Arthur Penn (six films) and Sidney Lumet (four movies) and actors-turned-directors Paul Newman and Warren Beatty. She garnered two Oscar nominations in her long career: for Lumet's urban comedy "Dog Da...

Family & Companions

Stephen Fleischman
Husband
TV news executive, documentary producer and writer. Married c. 1950; now retired.

Notes

Allen was a consultant to the producer for the Italian-made "Storia di una donna/Story of a Woman" (1980).

Biography

One of the most distinguished film editors of the American cinema, and often considered one of the most imaginative and creative, Dede Allen has been associated with directors as varied as Arthur Penn (six films) and Sidney Lumet (four movies) and actors-turned-directors Paul Newman and Warren Beatty. She garnered two Oscar nominations in her long career: for Lumet's urban comedy "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975) and Beatty's biopic of journalist John Reed, "Reds" (1981).

Allen began her career as a messenger at Columbia Pictures in the early 1940s. Editing, like writing, was one place in pre-World War II films with a history of high-placed women (e.g., directors June Mathis and Dorothy Arzner began as editors; while Verna Field at Universal and Margaret Booth at MGM were editing pioneers). Allen was able to break in as a sound lab worker and assistant editor. With her husband, news executive Stephen Fleischman, she moved to France in the late 40s, where they remained for two years. Upon returning to the USA, Allen slowly began to win editing assignments, beginning with the short "Endowing Your Future" (1957) and including numerous industrials and the low-budget "Terror From the Year 5000" (1958). In 1959, director Robert Wise--himself a former editor--tapped Allen to cut his "Odds Against Tomorrow" which helped establish her in the business. Allen won particular praise for Robert Rossen's "The Hustler" (1961), in part for its creative and effective use of time dissolves. In 1967, Allen had what might be considered her "big break" working with Arthur Penn on "Bonnie and Clyde," a film in which the editing helped to create not just the necessary irony of the film, but also its numerous rhythms. While some moments are quite pastoral, the sequence wherein the Barrow Gang tries to fight its way out of an ambush was told entirely in rapid images and is considered a marvel of editing. Paul Newman then selected Allen as editor for his directorial debut, "Rachel, Rachel" (1968), which mixed the harsh world of Joanne Woodward's life with her daydreams. In 1969, Allen reteamed with Penn for "Alice's Restaurant" and went on to provide excellent work on his "Little Big Man" (1970), "Night Moves" (1975) and "The Missouri Breaks" (1976).

Allen first worked with Sidney Lumet on "Serpico" (1973), but is better remembered for her work on "Dog Day Afternoon." Again, Allen proved amazingly creative, changing the tempos of scenes and developing aural and visual relationships. Allen and Lumet were less successful creatively with the musical misfire "The Wiz" (1978). For George Roy Hill, she cut "Slaughterhouse Five" (1972) and "Slap Shot" (1977). The hockey sequences in the latter were particular marvels of cutting. Allen not only co-edited "Reds" but also served as one of its executive producers, working alongside Beatty on many creative choices for the film. She worked again with Newman on "Harry and Tonto" (1984) and for Robert Redford on "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988). Allen shifted to independent films for "Henry and June" (1990) and later to special effects and highly-charged action for Barry Sonnenfeld's "The Addams Family" (1991). After a nine-year hiatus during which she worked at Warner Bros. as an executive, Allen returned to the cutting room to edit "Wonder Boys" (2000), for which she received an Oscar nomination.

Her two children are also active in filmmaking; son Tom Fleischman is a sound re-recording mixer and daughter Ramey Ellis Ward is a production associate.

Life Events

1943

Moved to Hollywood, where she worked as a messenger for Columbia Pictures while attending college

1944

Started editing in the sound effects department at Columbia

1948

Traveled to France with her husband; remained for two years

1950

Moved back to the USA

1957

Edited short film "Endowing Your Future"

1958

First feature as editor, "Terror from the Year 5000"

1959

Established reputation with "Odds Against Tomorrow"

1961

Cut Robert Rossen's "The Hustler"

1967

First screen collaboration with Arthur Penn, "Bonnie and Clyde"

1968

Worked for director Paul Newman for the first time on "Rachel, Rachel"

1971

Initial screen work for George Roy Hill on "Slaughterhouse Five"

1973

Began collaboration with Sidney Lumet on "Serpico"

1975

Garnered first Oscar nomination for Sidney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon"

1981

Served as co-executive producer of Warren Beatty's "Reds"; also co-edited the film; earned second Oscar nomination

1991

Last feature credit for nearly a decade Barry Sonnenfeld's "The Addams Family"

2000

Returned to film work as editor of "Wonder Boys"; garnered Best Editing Oscar nomination

Videos

Movie Clip

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - That's Not A Country Ex-con Sonny (Al Pacino) calculating options with hostages (Penny Allen, Sully Boyar) in the Brooklyn bank, consults with his dim-witted fellow ex-con partner Sal (John Cazale), Charles Durning as the city cop Moretti, Sidney Lumet directing from Frank Pierson’s fact-based screenplay, in Dog Day Afternoon, 1975.
America America (1963) - I Am A Greek By Blood Writer and director working from his own novel Elia Kazan, narrates the opening to his family historical epic, introducing Armenian Vartan (Frank Wolff) and Greek Stavros (Stathis Giallelis), in America America, 1963.
America America (1963) - Be What You Are Troubled Anatolian Greek teen Stavros (Stathis Giallelis) visits his grandmother (Estelle Hemsley) outside town, who speaks of his dead grandfather, and who remains unconvinced he has the nerve to leave for the U.S.A, ca. 1896, in Elia Kazan's novelized family history America America, 1963.
America America (1963) - The Turks Drink There Armenian Christians in an Anatolian village scrambling as Turkish authorities begin a crackdown, Vartan (Frank Wolff) and Greek business partner Stavros (Stathis Giallelis) carry on selling ice, the latter scolded by his father (Harry Davis) early in Elia Kazan's family history America America, 1963.
Reds (1981) - Go Where The Freedom Is! Meeting for a second time, at a polite Portland, Oregon dinner party, visiting journalist Jack Reed (director Warren Beatty) has learned that Louise (Diane Keaton), who eagerly interviewed him earlier, is married, then more, in Reds, 1981.
Reds (1981) - One Big Union Ca. 1916, probably New Jersey, writer-director-star Warren Beatty as activist-journalist John “Jack” Reed at an IWW (Industrial Workers Of The World) gathering, Dolph Sweet playing the legendary organizer Big Bill Haywood, in Beatty’s historical epic Reds, 1981.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Keep Your Eyes Open Texan Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) who just caught newly-paroled Clyde Barrow (producer Warren Beatty) trying to steal her mother's car, is willing to watch as he proposes to impress her, early in director Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, 1967.
Night Moves (1975) - We Saw The Same Movies On a New Mexico movie location seeking an LA runaway, ex-jock P-I Harry (Gene Hackman) with director Ziegler (Edward Binns) then stunt pilot Ellman (Anthony Costello) who knew the girl, future TV and movie director Dennis Dugan as the kid at the bar, in Arthur Penn’s Night Moves, 1975.
Hustler, The (1961) - I Hear You've Been Looking For Me Shooting in the Ames Billiard Academy on Times Square, Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) has made a grand entrance and Eddie (Paul Newman, title character), with partner Charlie (Myron McCormick), confirms that he’s looking for a game, their first meeting, in Robert Rossen’s The Hustler, 1961.
Rachel, Rachel (1968) - Don't You Love The Lord? Paul Newman directing his wife Joanne Woodward, the title character, a shy schoolteacher and very reluctant participant in an evangelical Christian meeting, Estelle Parsons her friend watching, Terry Kiser the preacher, in Rachel, Rachel, 1968.

Trailer

Family

Thomas Fleischman
Son
Sound rerecording mixer. Born c. 1952.
Ramey Fleischman
Daughter
Production coordinator, producer. Born c. 1954.

Companions

Stephen Fleischman
Husband
TV news executive, documentary producer and writer. Married c. 1950; now retired.

Bibliography

Notes

Allen was a consultant to the producer for the Italian-made "Storia di una donna/Story of a Woman" (1980).