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Editor William Goldenberg on Cutting ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Unbroken’

As the holiday movie season approaches, film editor William Goldenberg finds himself with two highly awaited, intense, based-on-a-true-story sagas hitting theaters: Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” (edited alongside Tim Squyres) and Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game.”

Goldenberg was last here in 2012, when “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” were nominated for editing Oscars, with the former winning him the statuette.

For “The Imitation Game,” Goldenberg strove for a taut sense of mood, even when large sections of the film involve mathematicians arguing in a laboratory, trying to break Nazi codes.

“It’s all inherent in the situation,” he says. “They’re talking about things that are dire. I’m trying to keep in mind that these people are in a hurry; they’re constantly feeling the pressure of the fact that every time they fail, people die.”

And lest he be typecast as an editor of classy, prestige period dramas, Goldenberg also cut “Transformers: Age of Extinction” this year.

“That’s a true story as well,” he quips.

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