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Susan E. Morse
Born 1952

Susan E. Morse (born 1952) is an American film editor with more than 30 film credits.[1] She had a notable collaboration with director Woody Allen from 1977-1998. Their collaboration led to a nomination for the Academy Award for Film Editing for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters, and to five nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing (for Manhattan (1979), Zelig (1983), Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days (1987), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)).

Morse has been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors.[2]

Woody Allen

Morse's editing career began as an assistant to Ralph Rosenblum, who was the editor of Allen's early films. Rosenblum's last film with Allen was Interiors (1978), after which he worked as a director. Morse edited Rosenblum's first film, Acting Out (1980); she was also the associate editor working with Thelma Schoonmaker on Raging Bull (directed by Martin Scorsese-1980). Starting with Manhattan (1979), she edited the next twenty of Allen's films through Celebrity (1998). Stephen Prince has summarized their collaboration as follows: "Susan E. Morse edited every Allen film of the eighties, regardless of its subject matter or visual design, and as we have seen Allen worked with a variety of cinematographers and production designers in those years. His insistent use of Morse demonstrates the essential nature of her collaboration."[3] Morse's collaboration with Allen was the subject of a 1996 documentary film for German television.[4]

Neither Morse nor Allen commented publicly on the end of their collaboration, but according to reporting in the New York Times, Morse was a victim of a cost cutting move by producer Jean Doumanian that also severed ties with many other regular crew members on Allen's films.[5] Bernard Weinraub wrote, "What especially stirred the New York film world in recent weeks was the disclosure that Susan E. Morse, Mr. Allen's widely admired film editor for 22 years, would not be working on his new, untitled movie, which starts shooting in New York in August."[6] Morse's first assistant editor on numerous Allen films, Alisa Lepselter, succeeded Morse as Allen's editor.

Post-Allen editing career

Since 1998, Morse has edited films with several directors including Marc Lawrence, with whom she's worked on Two Weeks Notice (2002), Music and Lyrics (2007), and Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009).


  1. ^ Susan E. Morse at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "American Cinema Editors > Members". Archived from the original on 2008-03-04.  
  3. ^ Prince, Stephen (2002). A New Pot of Gold: Hollywood Under the Electronic Rainbow 1980-1989 (Volume 10 of History of the American cinema). University of California Press. p. 197. ISBN 9780520232662.  
  4. ^ Midding, Gerhard (1996). Filmschnitt für Woody Allen. Die Cutterin Susan E. Morse (Editing for Woody Allen: Susan E. Morse). Broadcast on Westdeutscher Rundfund Köln. See this webpage from the website for additional information about this documentary.
  5. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (June 11, 2001). "A Friendship Founders Over Suit by Woody Allen". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-02.  
  6. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (June 1, 1998). "Deconstructing his film crew; Woody Allen's longtime staff is hit by cost-cutting efforts". The New York Times.  


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