First Woman to Get Sole Film Credit
Bonnie and Clyde, Edited by Dede Allen

Pioneering film editor Dede Allen, whose work on movies such as Bonnie & Clyde, The Hustler and Dog Day Afternoon revolutionised editing in cinema, has died aged 86 at her home in Los Angeles.

Over the course of her career she worked with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood and was widely recognised as introducing cutting edge European editing methods to American cinema. An ardent student of the New Wave techniques in use by directors such as Godard, she was the first editor to ever be given sole credit on a film for her astonishing work on 1967's Bonnie & Clyde.

She worked on 20 major films over 40 years and was credited for her 'audio shift' work in which sounds clips from each frame overlap and segue into the next. Her use of jump cuts, so often used today were to become a signature style and succeeded in introducing modern film editing techniques to the studios. Her skills were duly recognised three time as an Oscar nominee for Dog Day Afternoon, Reds and Wonder Boys. In addition Allen was given a career achievement award by American Cinema Editors in 1994, and the Motion Picture Editors Guild's Fellowship and Service Award in 2007.

A pioneer in her field, Ms Dede Allen will be rightly remembered as both a consumate professional and a true artist.

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