Oscar winner Paul Hirsch at Music Box

Editor of
‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie,’ and
‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’
joins James Hughes for
Q&A following a
special screening of
‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’

To celebrate the release of his new memoir — A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mission: Impossible, and More — Oscar-winning editor Paul Hirsch will be in Chicago for a one-night book signing before co-hosting a special showing of Planes, Trains & Automobiles at Music Box Theatre.


A long time ago…
A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last fifty years as seen through the eyes of Paul Hirsch.

Hirsch is the Oscar-winning film editor who worked on such classics as George Lucas’s Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, Brian De Palma’s Carrie and Mission: Impossible, Herbert Ross’s Footloose and Steel Magnolias, John Hughes’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down, and Taylor Hackford’s Ray.

A Long Time Ago breaks down Hirsch’s career movie by movie, offering a riveting look at the decisions that went into creating some of cinema’s most iconic scenes. He also provides behind-the-scenes insight into casting, directing, and scoring and intimate portraits of directors, producers, composers, and stars.

Part film school primer, part paean to legendary filmmakers and professionals, this funny and insightful book will entertain and inform aficionados and casual moviegoers alike.

Praise for A Long Time Ago…

“Paul Hirsch, a master of his craft, has written an intelligent, perceptive, compelling memoir … Congratulations, Paul, for remembering all the things we forgot.”
   —Brian De Palma

“It shouldn’t be surprising that a great storyteller can tell great stories … A glorious piece of work that makes you feel that you were there yourself.”
   —JJ Abrams

“For its sheer excellence, diversity, and cultural impact, Paul Hirsch’s filmography speaks for itself. A must-read for both the casual moviegoer and the serious cinephile.”
—Mark Hamill.


Details, etc.
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles followed by Q&A with Paul Hirsch
Music Box Theatre
Wednesday November 20th at 7:00 PM | 3733 N. Southport Ave
For tickets, click on this.

Paul Hirsch book signing and author talk
Volumes Bookcafe
Tuesday November 19th at 7:00 PM | 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.

About Paul Hirsch
Paul Hirsch received the Academy Award for his editing work on Star Wars in 1978. In 2005, he received his second Academy Award nomination for Taylor Hackford’s Ray. He is the only person to ever win the Saturn Award for best editing twice. In 2017 he was given the special Award to Editor with Unique Visual Sensitivity by the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Camerimage. He lives in Los Angeles.

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