Film tragedy struck today as tremendously gifted film editor Sally Menke (56) died today. She edited all of Quentin Tarantino's films, thus ended one of the great film collaborations of the last twenty years, and I'd argue all time. Of the jolting, genre splicing delicacy of Tarantino's films, much of the credit of pace, tone, and performance sure must be credited to Menke. She's received two Oscar nominations for editing Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, and surely should have won the award for her achievement on either, or her un-nominated work for Kill Bill or Jackie Brown. Allegedly it was the Southern California heat that might be the culprit for her death; her body was found while hiking with her dog in Griffith Park.
Here's the nifty "Hi, Sally" feature from the Inglourious Basterds DVD.