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 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   Trekfan   (Member)

Spotted this nice, new piece on film music editor Else Blangsted. I recognize the name from a great number of film music credits, but didn't know much about her. Now at 91, she speaks about the changes in the industry and some of the higlights of her rich career. Worth a read!

http://studiocity.patch.com/articles/else-blangsted-the-queen-of-film-music

And her filmography:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0087466/

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 8:26 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sounds like good reading, i like when writers look into the accomplishments of people behind the scenes who are so important to a art form.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 3:42 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Not familiar with her, but she has a kind of Scandinavian name.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Not familiar with her, but she has a kind of Scandinavian name.

She's from Wertsburg in Germany, another Hollywood Jewish refugee from Adolf. Y'know, reading the articles is always their best use.

Actually, that's in Bavaria, and you refer to Bavarians as Germans at your peril.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Interesting piece. Ms. Blangsted was the music editor on DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, in the somewhat unusual situation where Miklos Rozsa did not conduct, because of a back injury. (Lee Holdridge stepped in.) She figures prominently in Preston Jones's lively account of the recording session in Pro Musica Sana 35 (1982).

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2011 - 12:02 AM   
 By:   Blake M   (Member)

ok

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2011 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

Fascinating to read these biographical pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Looks like Ms Blangsted worked on a few James Horner scores during the period that he was pretty much otherwise exclusively using Jim Henrikson.

Cheers
Chris

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2011 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Does a composer "use" a music editor? I assumed -- and Blangsted's account suggests -- that the music editor represents the filmmakers and producers. Of course the composer is supposed to be one of the filmmakers too, and a good editor will facilitate communication and cooperation among all parties.

 
 Posted:   May 28, 2020 - 2:34 AM   
 By:   Trekfan   (Member)

Blangsted passed away May 1st. A nice New York times article on her life:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/arts/else-blangsted-dead.html

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2020 - 5:06 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

RIP, Miss Blangsted.

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2020 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

By: Rozsaphile (Member)

Interesting piece. Ms. Blangsted was the music editor on DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, in the somewhat unusual situation where Miklos Rozsa did not conduct, because of a back injury. (Lee Holdridge stepped in.) She figures prominently in Preston Jones's lively account of the recording session in Pro Musica Sana 35 (1982).

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I wish to heaven I had seen this thread back in 2011, but I was probably still distracted by recovering from my bus attack. Or not. I miss a lot of important things. In any case, it's heartening to see that this wonderful lady kept going strong for so many years, and that her work was publicly recognized.

Thanks for mentioning the DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID article, John. I'm still ashamed of the fact that I misspelled Ms. Blangsted's name in it. As I said, I miss a lot of important things.

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2020 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Always surprised that no one knows these people. And not a single mention of her husband, Folmar Blangested, who was a hugely successful film editor. Their son David is also an editor and cut my second movie.

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2020 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I haven't read the Times piece yet, but I'm as shocked as you must have been, Bruce, at the omission of her husband. The New Yorker printed a 40-page article on Else's life story in 1988, and I've just ordered a copy of that back issue. Let's hope that with all those pages Folmar made the cut.

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2020 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I haven't read the Times piece yet, but I'm as shocked as you must have been, Bruce, at the omission of her husband. The New Yorker printed a 40-page article on Else's life story in 1988, and I've just ordered a copy of that back issue. Let's hope that with all those pages Folmar made the cut.

Just so people know, the unmentioned Folmar cut a few little movies people might have heard of, like, oh, A Star is Born (Judy version), Rio Bravo, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Taras Bulba, Dead Ringer, Dear Heart, The War Lord, Camelot, Up the Down Staircase, Colossus: The Forbin Project, Summer of '42, The Other, and tons of other great movies. One of the best ever.

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2020 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I rest your case.

smile

 
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