Arnold Glassman, award-winning documentary film editor and filmmaker, died Wednesday at his home in Studio City after a brief illness. He was 56.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Mt. Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries on Forest Lawn Drive, Hollywood Hills.
Glassman co-directed, co-produced and edited “Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography,” which won awards as best documentary of 1993 from the New York and Boston Film Critics groups and the National Society of Film Critics. Four years later, he won the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Award for best documentary editing for the feature docu “Frank Capra’s American Dream.”
A native New Yorker, Glassman had an encyclopedic knowledge of film that had its origins in his youth as the son of a 42nd Street movie theater candy concessions manager. After graduating from Pratt Institute and New York University Film School, he put his expertise to use by specializing in documentaries about filmmaking and Hollywood history.
‘Celluloid,’ ‘Good’ among credits
Among his many editing credits were the award-winning “The Celluloid Closet,” “The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful,” “Dying to Tell the Story,” “Warner Brothers 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory,” “Dial H for Hitchcock,” “On Cukor” and last year’s “Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer.” His last show, the “Married with Children Reunion” special, aired Sunday on Fox.
For “Visions of Light,” Glassman teamed as director with Todd McCarthy and Stuart Samuels, and he and McCarthy collaborated again to co-direct “Forever Hollywood,” a look at the movies’ hometown that has been playing continuously at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater since 1999.
Glassman was associate editor on the Coen brothers’ “Raising Arizona,” and last year edited his first narrative feature, Bill Paxton’s “Frailty.”
Glassman is survived by his longtime partner, playwright, TV and film writer Mark Saltzman, his brother and three nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Project Angel Food.