Bernard or Berland Paul

There are a number of slides of “Bernard” Paul. I’ve seen his name written as Bernard, yet in searching Edna Ruth Paul, she had a brother name Berland, and I wonder if this is the same person. Or did she have a friend, partner, husband name Bernard? Berland did marry  in 1943 (Maud Davona Paul). Bernard doesn’t wear a wedding ring in the photos. Maybe he was just visiting new york and vacationing together in Florida? Berlin died December 28, 2003 in Illinois. He had worked for the Peavey Company in Illinois, which makes musical instruments and amps. Our Lady's Life

Our Lady's Life

Our Lady's Life

Our Lady's Life

Our Lady's Life

The only photo I can find of Berland Paul online is the following, and I don’t think they look anything alike. I don’t think they are the same person, but maybe I am missing something… a lot.

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Film Editor

Edna Paul was an film editor. There are a few slides in the bag that show people posing in front of 35mm film editing equipment, and there’s even a drawing on the wall, I presume of Edna, by the legendary MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragon’s. I tried contacting Mr. Aragones through an email on his site to find out more information about Edna, but I didn’t get a response.

Enda Paul has a page on IMDB, and her editing credits include Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead (1981), Fear No Evil (1981) by Frank LaLoggia, and Blood Simple (1984)  by Joel & Ethan Coen. In Bruce Campbell’s book “If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor” he mentions how Sam Raimi came to work with Edna, and how he met Joel Coen, who was working with Edna at the time, his first job out of college after graduating from NYU. 

 

Our Lady's Life

Our Lady's Life

Our Lady's Life

Our Lady's Life

This is Edna Ruth Paul

Our Lady's LifeAt least I think that’s her name, from what clues were found in the ziplock bag of slides I purchased about 2003. A man was selling the bag, among other flea market type items,  outside the shuttered apartment buildings on 9th Avenue between 37th & 38th Streets in Manhattan. I saw a parakeet in one of the windows, so there were some tenants still living in the buildings, but otherwise they looked ready to be condemned.

Since the slides have been under my care, they’ve always fascinated me and I’ve wanted to know more about the who’s they were and the woman who’s portrait appears often.

Most of the slides were taken between the late 1950’s through the late 1960’s, in New York City and the east coast, as well as many in Europe, including Slovenia.

I think that Edna was a film editor who eventually may have edited Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) and employed Joel Coen and helped with the Coen brother’s first film Blood Simple (1984). She also had a cartoon drawn by Sergio Aragon’s, of MAD Magazine, on the wall of her editing studio. Of course, it may not be her, but I’d love to know if it was, and learn more about who she was.

This image is of Edna sitting in front of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. The slide is stamped September 1966. IMG_2605 (1)