Arla Saare

Arla Saare, picture editor (born in Finland 1915). Arla Saare came to Canada in 1924 with her family. She started out as a medical photographer in a hospital in Vancouver. In 1942 she joined the National Film Board of Canada as a cutter and later worked in the optical and special effects department.

When CBC-TV began broadcasting in 1952, she was hired as a picture editor in Toronto, cutting news and sports shows. She moved back to Vancouver in 1954 and was part of the CBC film unit that worked on Allan King's first documentary, Skid Row. Returning to Toronto, she worked freelance for the CBC on various shows, including the seminal This Hour Has Seven Days.

She worked with Harry Rasky on his Academy Award-nominated Homage to Chagall and with King on A Married Couple (where she crafted 63 hours of footage into a 2-hour film) and Who Has Seen the Wind.

Her other films include Come on Children, Tennessee Williams' South, Arthur Miller on Home Ground, Next Year in Jerusalem, The Newcomers (co-editor, television series) and Silence of the North.

See The Craft of Motion Picture Making.