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‘Whiplash’ Editor Tom Cross Referenced ‘Raging Bull’ for the Intense Music Drama

Whiplash editor Tom Cross talks to Indiewire about the unusual directive he got from director Damien Chazelle for cutting the music drama.

“Damien told me that he envisioned it as an action movie first and a musical drama second,” Cross says. “Damien also wanted different cutting strategies: For instance, he wanted the music scenes to be like fight scenes: violent and brutal and ferocious. And his big reference for this was Raging Bull. He wanted to show the opposite of jazz as beautiful, gentle music in which the players are in harmony. He wanted the viewer to feel the physicality of practicing and playing, the life or death stakes that he remembered growing up as a competitive jazz drummer.”

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