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Charlotte Zwerin

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    Onemli caz belgesellerine imza atmis olan Charlotte Zwerin dunyamizdan ayrilmis, ilgilenenler ve ilgili dili bilenler icin aktariyorum. Sevgiler Obituary from
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      Onemli caz belgesellerine imza atmis olan Charlotte Zwerin
      dunyamizdan
      ayrilmis, ilgilenenler ve ilgili dili bilenler icin aktariyorum.

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      Obituary from the NY Times:

      Charlotte Zwerin, 72, Maker of Documentaries on Artists, Dies
      By DOUGLAS MARTIN

      http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/27/movies/27ZWER.html
      Published: January 27, 2004


      Charlotte Zwerin, a documentary filmmaker known for insightful
      depictions of
      visual and performing artists like Christo, Willem de Kooning, Ella
      Fitzgerald
      and Thelonious Monk, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She
      was 72.

      The cause was lung cancer, her niece Lisa Tesone said.


      Ms. Zwerin worked for many years with David and Albert Maysles, early
      practitioners of the documentary genre known as cin?ma v?rit?, which
      uses a
      small camera to capture the drama of daily experience. Her editing
      for them was
      of such quality that they gave her credit as the third director of
      well-known
      films like "Gimme Shelter" (1970), an account of the Rolling Stones'
      1969 tour
      of the United States.

      It was her decision to include the band members' reactions to the
      killing of a
      fan on the stage of a concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore,
      Calif.,
      the site of the tour's last concert.

      "The real hero of the making of the film was Charlotte Zwerin, who
      edited it
      and got a directing credit," Stephen Lighthill, a cameraman, said in
      an
      interview with Salon.com. "I was stunned with what she got out of my
      footage.
      She compressed it and gave you a sense of a buildup of tragedy that
      you
      otherwise wouldn't have."

      Other films she did with the Maysleses included "Salesman" (1969), an
      account
      of four real-life sales representatives of the American Bible
      Company, and
      "Running Fence" (1978), a chronicle of the successful efforts of the
      artist
      Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, to erect a 24-mile fabric fence
      in the
      California hills.

      Her own films included "Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser" (1989),
      which
      contained rarely seen clips of the brilliant and eccentric jazz
      pianist;
      "Arshile Gorky" (1982), a profile of the abstract painter;
      "Sculpture of Spaces: Noguchi" (1995);
      "American Masters ? Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For" (1999), a
      biography
      narrated by Tony Bennett; and
      "Toru Takemitsu: Music for the Movies" (1994), an examination of the
      Japanese
      composer. The Museum of Modern Art had a retrospective of her works
      last
      year.

      Charlotte Mitchell was born on Aug. 15, 1931, in Detroit and
      developed her
      affection for film and music as a child by attending an entertainment
      event in
      Detroit called "Big Band and a Movie." First came a live band, then
      the film,
      she said in an interview with The New York Times last year.

      She attended Wayne State University, where she established a film
      society
      before moving to New York and finding work as a librarian at CBS for
      its
      documentary series "The 20th Century." She slowly worked her way up
      to editor,
      then joined Drew Associates, where Robert Drew was pioneering "direct
      cinema,"
      as cin?ma v?rit? was also called. She met the Maysleses at Drew.

      She told The Times she stopped working with the Maysleses because
      they would
      not let her produce. "They cast an awful long shadow, and it came
      time for me
      to get out of it," she said.

      On her own films she became known for a personal signature
      characterized by
      innovative editing. Leonard Feather, a critic for The Los Angeles
      Times, said
      that her film on Monk provided "a closer glance behind the veil of
      this half-
      hidden, exotically gifted figure than could ever be observed during
      his sadly
      aborted career."

      Ms. Zwerin was divorced from Michael Zwerin, a jazz critic. She is
      survived by
      her brother, Charles Mitchell, and sister, Margaret Tesone, both of
      Detroit.
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