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‘Silence’ Editor Thelma Schoonmaker on Experimenting with Pace for the Meditative Movie

The legendary Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese’s longtime editor, speaks to


about slowing the pace to make the meditative and deliberate



Marty wanted the film to be very meditative, and the pace of it had to reflect all that,” she says. “Along with that, he was able to examine his religious concerns and interests, which he couldn’t do so much in other films. They were always there, but here they’re up front… We experimented a great deal with just how slow it could be, without losing the audience.”

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