Chapter 10. Time and Endless Patience


The Multiplex in Edgewater, New Jersey.


It’s 9:30 p.m. and the audience in Theater 4 is watching the concluding reel of Cold Mountain—the final 20 minutes of the last preview. Inside the stadium-style auditorium, 300 moviegoers will soon be filling out survey cards with their likes and dislikes. About 20 others will be invited to stay afterward for a focus group.

Walter Murch sits right in the middle of the upper section of the theater. A Russian émigré sits behind him. Earlier, before the lights went down, he leaned over and asked Murch, not possibly knowing ...

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