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Date of Birth 20 April 1909Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 22 November 1964Hanford, California, USA  (coronary insufficiency)

Mini Bio (1)

George Tomasini has been something of an unsung hero in the editing business. He was for several years under contract to Paramount, before joining Alfred Hitchcock to collaborate on nine projects, beginning with Rear Window (1954). This partnership was to span a ten-year period, ending in Tomasini's premature death from a massive heart attack at the age of 55. Hitch's subsequent films never again enjoyed the same level of artistic success. While Tomasini may not have had the same creative freedom in selecting his own shots as other editors, he nonetheless became highly intuitive about the director's wishes. Tomasini was a master of time and space in editing to heighten suspense and determine mood. Much of Hitch's best films were strongly driven by editing, in particular Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963) (another classic, the sub-Hitchcockian thriller Cape Fear (1962) also falls into this category, though directed by J. Lee Thompson).

Tall and handsome, Tomasini was married to glamorous Hollywood star Mary Brian.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (1)

Mary Brian (1947 - 22 November 1964) (his death)

Trivia (2)

Almost became a priest at his foster parents' behest, but it did not come to pass.
Distinguished film editor who became one of Alfred Hitchcock's closest collaborators.

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