Public Figure Profiles

David Bretherton

David L. Bretherton (February 29, 1924 – May 11, 2000) was an American film editor with more than 40 credits for films released from 1954 to 1996.

Bretherton, the son of editor/director Howard Bretherton and actress Dorothea McEvoy, was born in Los Angeles. He served with the United States Air Force during World War II. After World War II, he joined the editing department at Twentieth Century-Fox, at first helping other editors, including Barbara McLean, Robert L. Simpson, Louis R. Loeffler, James B. Clark, William H. Reynolds, and, in later years, Dorothy Spencer and Hugh S. Fowler. His first project as a film editor was An Affair to Remember in 1954. In 1995, Bretherton received the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award. Bretherton died of pneumonia in Los Angeles in 2000.

Bretherton's most noted work was the editing of the film Cabaret (1972), which was directed by Bob Fosse. Bretherton received the Academy Award for Best Film Editing, an ACE Eddie Award, and a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing for this film. In his 1972 review, Roger Greenspun gives some insight into Bretherton's achievement:... the film has a musical part and a nonmusical part (except for Miss Minnelli, none of the major characters sings), and if you add this to the juxtaposition of private lives and public history inherent in the scheme of the Berlin Stories, you come up with a structure of extraordinary mechanical complexity. Since everything has to do with everything else and the Cabaret is always commenting on the life outside it, the film sometimes looks like an essay in significant crosscutting, or associative montage. Occasionally this fails; more often it works.

Cabaret was listed as the 30th best-edited film of all time in a 2012 survey of members of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.

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Some of their strengths

David Bretherton has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Creative, Imaginative, Hardworking, Loyal, Generous, Trustworthy, and Perseverent.

Soulful and Understanding

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, David Bretherton is someone who is a soulful, understanding, and conscious person, who combines smarts with a deep talent for creativity and imagination. A person who defines themself by their friends and what groups they belong to.

Constant and Serious

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know David Bretherton well know them as someone who can be determined, unmoving, and firm, like a rock or a high mountain.

Productive and Perseverent

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe David Bretherton as someone who is productive, persevering, deliberate, and direct.

A person who is creative, has good luck with work and money, good listening skills, good relationships with people at work, is a good teacher or counselor, and who is good at organizing groups, teams, or causes.

Communicative and Intelligent

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, David Bretherton is someone who tends to have a desire to communicate with others, either verbally, through written form, or otherwise, and to have a knack for understanding art, beauty, and aesthetics.

They are also someone who is confident and creative, and who has a love for starting new projects, inventing new things, and giving back to the community.

Creative and Imaginative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, David Bretherton tends to be someone who is sensitive, imaginative, creative, and somewhat of a dreamer. Who is intuitive and compassionate, and who has a friendly, easygoing, calming and relaxing effect on people and for whom friends and family mean the world.

Some of David Bretherton's challenges

While David Bretherton has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, David Bretherton can be Indecisive, Stubborn, Unrealistic, Suspicious, Idle, Possessive, and Irritable.

Indecisive and Unrealistic

One of David Bretherton's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as indecisive and unrealistic.

David Bretherton must also exercise caution as they can be excessive and unrealistic.

Possessive and Stubborn

David Bretherton is someone who can be possessive, jealous, inflexible, and stubborn, can have a habit of being a frivolous spender, and who can feel insecure or cynical in romantic relationships and have difficulty forming productive personal and professional partnerships.

Lethargic and Unrealistic

Finally, David Bretherton also can be too soft, lazy and lethargic, and who can have difficulty finding others who share a similarly dreamy outlook on life.

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