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Bye Sally

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 9:49 am · September 28th, 2010

This is just the most awful news to wake up to.  Truly tragic, a blow right from left field.

Film editor Sally Menke, long-time friend and collaborator with Quentin Tarantino who helped craft his films into some of the most memorable pieces of cinema ever, has passed away today at the far-too-young age of 56.  Menke was hiking yesterday in Griffith Park.  Her body was found around 2:15 am this morning and though a cause of death has not been confirmed, it appears yesterday’s record-breaking heat wave (temperatures got up to 113 degrees in downtown) could be the culprit.

This is just terrible, but (and again, the heat isn’t a confirmed factor yet), it raises a truly serious issue.  Take care of yourself in this kind of weather.  A talented contributor to the art form that makes everyone reading these words tick is gone and for what?

The “hi Sallys” from Tarantino’s latest, “Inglourious Basterds”:

And from “Death Proof”:

Tarantino talks Menke’s importance in his work:

[Photo: Editor Under Construction]




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  • 1 9-28-2010 at 10:02 am

    Edmond Dantes said...

    damn, this is some sad news. Sally’s work in Tarantino’s films always really added something to the experience. she will be missed.

  • 2 9-28-2010 at 10:28 am

    Patriotsfan said...

    Thanks for your superb work in Taratino’s movies Sally. You will be missed.

  • 3 9-28-2010 at 10:29 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    This is truly upsetting. She and Tarantino were such an inspired team, and it’s so terrible to learn of her sudden death. My condolences to her friends and family.

  • 4 9-28-2010 at 10:48 am

    Mike_M said...

    upsetting news for sure

  • 5 9-28-2010 at 11:02 am

    americanrequiem said...

    epicly depressing, RIP

  • 6 9-28-2010 at 12:24 pm

    Squirrelman said...

    R.I.P.

  • 7 9-28-2010 at 12:26 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Future Tarantino movies will never be the same.

  • 8 9-28-2010 at 12:37 pm

    James said...

    Will miss ya everyday Sally. You made Inglourious Basterds fly by. At least for me, you did.

  • 9 9-28-2010 at 1:37 pm

    Edward L. said...

    That’s very sad news. A young age to go. She was a terrific editor.

  • 10 9-28-2010 at 1:47 pm

    Chris said...

    This is a shock. There are no words for this loss. An amazing editor and a great human being. Bless you, Sally.

    And condolences to her family and her “working” family of crew & cast.

  • 11 9-28-2010 at 4:30 pm

    Andrew F said...

    Goodbye, Sally. You’ll still be editing my dreams.

  • 12 9-28-2010 at 4:49 pm

    Silencio said...

    I’ve come to appreciate the bond a director and editor share after working together for so long. When a director loses his/her editor, something very real is lost. Possibly more than the other way around. I’m sad for Tarantino.

  • 13 9-28-2010 at 7:06 pm

    Glenn said...

    You know you’ve made an impression when people are getting misty-eyed over a film editor. She was so talented and gifted in her work with Tarantino. Where would he be without her?

    The next QT film will be interesting then, will he be able to find someone who knows him so well? RIP Sally.

  • 14 10-03-2010 at 12:40 pm

    Dooby said...

    Wow. This is awful.
    At least she has left some amazing films behind in which she’ll be remembered by.
    RIP