Peter Taylor

For other people named Peter Taylor, see Peter Taylor. Peter Taylor (1922 – 1997) was an English film editor with more than 30 film credits. Perhaps his best remembered contribution is the editing of the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai. In his obituary for Taylor, Tony Sloman gives several examples to illustrate Taylor's editing. He writes: Taylor won an Academy Award for Film Editing for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), which was placed as the 36th best American film ever made in the 2007 American Film Institute listing. David Lean directed the film, about whom Ken Dancyger has noted that, "Lean may have made few films, but his influence has far exceeded those numbers. The role of editing in his films may help explain that influence." Lean himself had begun his own career as a film editor. Sloman comments on the relationship of Lean, Taylor, and the film's editing: Taylor moved to Rome, Italy around 1966. He cut three films with Italian director Franco Zeffirelli; both La Traviata (1983) and Otello (1986) were nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Film. The director of each film is indicated within the parentheses.

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