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An undated photo of Gibbs
|Born||17 October 1925|
|Died||26 February 2016(aged 90)|
|Occupation||Film and television editor|
Gibbs' editing career began in the mid-1950s as an assistant to Ralph Kemplen and to Alan Osbiston, and through them he became involved with the brief "New Wave" of British filmmaking at its beginnings. In particular Osbiston (and Gibbs) edited The Entertainer (1960), which was directed by Tony Richardson; Richardson was one of the most prominent of the British New Wave directors. Gibbs was then principal editor for several of the subsequent "New Wave" films, including Richardson's A Taste of Honey (1961), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), and Tom Jones (1963), and also The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965), which was directed by Richard Lester.
In his 1995 book, Film and Video Editing, Roger Crittenden notes the influence of this first phase of Gibbs' editing career, "The generation of American editors of which Dede Allen is a part has given considerable credit for the inspiration of their work to Antony Gibbs, the English editor of films directed by, amongst others, Tony Richardson, Nicholas Roeg, and Richard Lester. There is a daring and energetic quality to Tony Gibbs' work, especially in some sequences of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Tom Jones, The Knack, and Performance, which must have given a shot of adrenaline to aspiring editors on both sides of the Atlantic at the time. Dede ascribes her work on Bonnie and Clyde directly to the influence of Tony Gibbs." Bonnie and Clyde (1967) "marked a turning point in the editing of feature films that sent reverberations through the entire American cinema."
Gibbs was the "supervising editor" for Richardson's 1965 film, The Loved One, that was produced in Hollywood. Gibbs relocated from England to California in about 1970. From 1971–1989 he had an extended collaboration with Norman Jewison that commenced with the well-received Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and ultimately extended over five films. Gibbs retired from filmmaking in 2001.
Gibbs' editing of Tom Jones (1962) was nominated for an American Cinema Editors Eddie award. Tom Jones won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Richardson received the Academy Award for Best Director for it. Subsequent to his "New Wave" films, Gibbs was nominated four times for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing, for the films Performance (directed by Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg-1970), Fiddler on the Roof (Jewison-1971), Rollerball (Jewison-1975), and A Bridge Too Far (Attenborough-1975). Gibbs has never been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Editing. Gibbs was nominated again for ACE Eddie awards for Fiddler on the Roof and, much later in his career, he won Eddie awards for the television films George Wallace (Part II) (1997) and for James Dean (2001). Gibbs had been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors, and was the recipient of the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award in 2002.
Gibbs died on 26 February 2016 at the age of 90.
This filmography is based on the internet movie database; the director and release date for each film are indicated in parentheses.
Richardson’s style changed abruptly with 1963’s Tom Jones. He employed a commercialized version of French New Wave techniques, and the film was hugely popular, winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. But the jump-cutting, the straight-to-camera digressions and the generally antic tone were wildly inappropriate for an adaptation of an 18th-century novel, and the movie has by now dated to the point of being a curio.
LoBrutto interview of Dede Allen: Were the films you edited in the 1960s influenced by the changes in film style that were coming from Europe? There was a definite evolution in filmic style, and it came from England. The "angry young men" films that Tony Gibbs cut, Look Back in Anger and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, had more direct influence on me than anything. I loved the way those pictures were cut. It was incorporated into pictures cut in New York like Bonnie and Clyde.Allen's recollection that Gibbs cut Look Back in Anger (1958) appears to be erroneous; Richard Best edited that film.