Gabriella Cristiani




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Gabriella Cristiani is an Academy Award-winning Italian film editor and director. She is most noted for her long collaboration with fellow Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. Cristiani began her career in the early 1970s working as assistant editor under Franco Arcalli on Bertolucci's films, including Last Tango in Paris in 1972. She the worked as the supervising editor on Berlinguer, I Love You, in 1977, which was directed by Bertolucci's brother Giuseppe. When Arcalli died during preparation for Bertolucci's 1979 movie La Luna, Cristiani took over as editor, following which she edited most of Bertollucci's work until 1990, including the multi-Oscar-winning The Last Emperor, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Editor. Her last movie with Bertolucci was The Sheltering Sky, while working on which she pioneered a number of techniques in non-linear digital editing. After 1990, Christiani edited Predrag Antonijević's Savior and Michael O. Sajbel's One Night with the King, among others. Cristiani has also directed several movies, including Moths and Ladies Room.