RIP film editor Dede Allen, & Guru of Gang Starr

April 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · By

Heard about two sad deaths today; the first was Dede Allen, the woman who is widely recognized as pretty much singlehandedly raising modern Hollywood movie editing from a trade to an art form. I had never met her, but she was an old friend of the family, having worked with my grandfather on a bunch of movies like Dog Day Afternoon, Reds, Serpico, the Wiz, Night Moves, Slaughterhouse-Five, the Hustler, and Alice’s Restaurant.

She’s probably best known for editing Bonnie & Clyde, which in my opinion is easily one of the greatest films of all time; tons of online tributes to her are showing a YouTube clip of the end of the movie, but it seems kind of crass to take that out of context (not to mention kind of ruining the end for those who haven’t seen it yet), so I prefer to share with you the beginning of the film:

The other death I heard about this morning was Keith Elam, aka Guru from Gang Starr. He’d been battling cancer, and spent the last two months in a coma; he was only 43. His former partner DJ Premier is the best-remembered / most-often-mentioned member of Gang Starr, but Guru was supremely talented as well; despite occasional memorable clunkers like “Lemonade was a popular drink, and it still is / I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis,” Guru could also be a pretty amazing MC on occasion:

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  • 1 blair // Apr 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    really sad news…and YES thats the guru line that always stands out !!

  • 2 Michael // Apr 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    It’s also a good time to remember Mr. George Melvin, who recently passed away…RIP.