Dessi Thomas

music and film



In my work as an film-editor I often thougt after I finished the editing of the images and added
a certain music: that works! But what exactly „is working“ here? Of which kind is that special
(magic) relation between music and editing.

“Between Watching and Listening – the relation of music and editing in the french film” 

In order to get familiar with the topic and to gain a clear answer to my question I analyzed three recent and internationally highly regarded (French Film Award „César“, Oscar Nomination) fiction films: “Mustang”, “Michael Kohlhaas” and “Timbuktu”; films that also have in common that they deal with the restistance of human beings against injustice and inhumanity, such as dschihadism, terrorism and forced marriage. The book shows by which means of editing, sound and music fiction films can narrate political topics and it gives an insight into a very music-orientated side of editing. (Published 18th December, 2017 // Tectum Verlag ISBN-13: 9783828840911)


“… Eine sehr solide Arbeit …”
(Link >>> Hans Helmut Prinzler)



The Book “Gegen den Filmriss” was published by the publishing company Tectum Verlag and was presented at the international book fair in Frankfurt/Main in 2009. The book analyses the specific characteristics of essay films regarding form and content. The focus of interest is the director and “father of the essay film genre” Chris Marker and his essay films/portrait films about the Russian directors Andrei Tarkovski and Alexander Medvedki and the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

“Remember, don’t forget – the essay films and portrait films of Chris Marker”

The research was part of my final degree at the University of Arts. I spent one year in Paris on this work and was also very lucky to get in touch with Chris Marker. The book is available in bookstores and online.

(Published 2009 // Tectum Verlag ISBN 978-382882031)