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Walter Murch has won three Academy Awards, most recently in 1997, when he won for picture editing and best sound on "The English Patient."

In 1980, he earned an Oscar for best sound and a nomination for picture cutting on "Apocalypse Now

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Walter Murch in conversation at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in 2003.

Worldizing: a sound design concept - by Walter Murch


Walter Murch about his career path

from Road Trip Nation




  • Spotnitz, F Stick it in your ear 
    American film 15, no 1, October 1989  p 40 - 45  --The art of creating sound effects told by Sound designers Walter Murch and Mark Mangini 

  • Walter Murch - making beaches out of grains of sand 
    by Jordan Fox  in Cinefix 3, dec 1980, p. 42-57

  • An Interview with Walter Murch" 
    by Larry Sturhahn in  Filmmakers Newsletter8. no. 2, dec-74, p 22-26 





  • "The Sound Designer with Walter Murch"
    in Madsen, Roy Paul: Working Cinema - Learning from the Masters Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 1990

  • Walter Murch
    in Getting started in Film, Laskin, Emily, ed,  New York: Prentice Hall, 1992 







Book by Walter Murch on Film Editing 





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  • Murch, Makita, Player Piano ( 56 min) Mars 13, 2004
    Kurt Andersen and master film editor Walter Murch talk about the simple and complex tools we use to innovate in art.
    Pieces: Presidential Performances, Makita Man, Garden of Earthly Delights, Nancarrow's Player Piano. >> website of the show (not on the web)

  • Walter Murch Interview (12:41) Aug. 3, 2001
    Apocalypse Now REDUX

  • Tribute to Walter Murch (21:12) Nov. 3, 2000
    Michael Ondaatje etc

  • Touch of Evil (03.34) Sept. 11, 1998
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Walter Murch Lecture (not on the web)
Post & Production sound seminars


The Conversation (1974)

Commentary track 2: Editor and sound designer Walter Murch

Return to Oz (1985)
Director: Walter Murch

Considerably more faithful to the tone of L. Frank Baum's Oz novels, Return to Oz is exquisitely realized fantasy for smart youngsters and grownups.. -- John Boonstra

This is one of the best fantasy films ...
>> Read more than 170 reviews at

Lasting Impressions
What Walter Murch remembers from an audio point of view


The Rain People (1969)
My virgin film. It was the first film that I did sound on, and I did everything -- recording, transferring, cutting, mixing. It was a one-man band. Many of the lessons that I was to learn later are present in that film embryonically.

The Godfather (1972)
My first "Hollywood" film. Taking my personal way of doing things into an industrial environment. The expressionistic use of sound, but integrating it into the reality of the visual.

Godfather II (1974)
Sheer size. Three hours and 20 minutes. A very broad palette. Lots of dynamics.

American Graffiti (1973)
Theme and variation of world reverberence. The challenge of having almost two hours of continuous music in the background but making it seem to ebb and flow dramatically with the scenes.
The Conversation (1974)
Clarity and density. The first film where I also edited picture.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Density and clarity. My first film in stereo. Striving for authenticity in both the exterior sounds of that war and the interior state of mind of the participants.
Crumb (1994)

The English Patient (1996)
Sound as an emotional guide-track through the complexities of story.   
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