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The first day at film school


Getting a motorcycle and a girl
Walter Murch Film-maker
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The other thing that was happening in the world at that time was the Vietnam War which had become a hot war in 1965 and we didn't want to go to Vietnam and the... At that time, the draft was not drafting people who were in school. So this was a life raft in a sense, to keep us from getting sucked into the maw of the Vietnam War and so we wound up...

I got married to Aggie, my wife in the summer of 1965. I had met Aggie as part of my trip to Europe. When I... when we were in Perugia, we got a letter from one of Matthew's friends who had been Aggie's boyfriend the year before, just... These are completely coincidental gearings of the way the world works and he sent us the registration for a motorcycle that he had left in Aggie's care. She was a nursing student in Guildford and he said, 'I'm not coming back to England. My grades are too bad and I have to go to summer school or whatever. So if you want this motorcycle, it's yours'. And it was a Matchless 350 motorcycle which was a very exciting thing for a 20-year-old. And one thing led to another and I wound up going to Guildford, to retrieve this motorcycle and I met Aggie and instantly fell in love with her and wound up with the motorcycle and the girl. And she and I, we travelled around North Africa on a 6,000-mile trip with Matthew on another motorcycle and another friend of his, in the summer of '64 and we...

Our bonding... bonded even further and she wound up travelling to New York to get a job nursing in White Plains and we decided to get married in the summer of 1965 and we've now been married for 51 years.

Born in 1943 in New York City, Murch graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. His career stretches back to 1969 and includes work on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather I, II, and III, American Graffiti, The Conversation, and The English Patient. He has been referred to as 'the most respected film editor and sound designer in modern cinema.' In a career that spans over 40 years, Murch is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola, beginning in 1969 with The Rain People. After working with George Lucas on THX 1138 (1971), which he co-wrote, and American Graffiti (1973), Murch returned to Coppola in 1974 for The Conversation, resulting in his first Academy Award nomination. Murch's pioneering achievements were acknowledged by Coppola in his follow-up film, the 1979 Palme d'Or winner Apocalypse Now, for which Murch was granted, in what is seen as a film-history first, the screen credit 'Sound Designer.' Murch has been nominated for nine Academy Awards and has won three, for best sound on Apocalypse Now (for which he and his collaborators devised the now-standard 5.1 sound format), and achieving an unprecedented double when he won both Best Film Editing and Best Sound for his work on The English Patient. Murch’s contributions to film reconstruction include 2001's Apocalypse Now: Redux and the 1998 re-edit of Orson Welles's Touch of Evil. He is also the director and co-writer of Return to Oz (1985). In 1995, Murch published a book on film editing, In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, in which he urges editors to prioritise emotion.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Vietnam War, 1965, Matchless 350

Duration: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2016

Date story went live: 01 March 2017