“‘Action!’ ‘Cut!’ They’re the two most common words you might expect to hear on a film set. One gets the cameras rolling; the other stops them,” writes Adam Grode. “The question then becomes what to do with all the footage.”
Sam Mendes efforts on 1917, “which, like many of the films discussed here, do cheat with more than one cut, are part of a tradition that goes back at least 70 years,” continues Gorde. “Here is a timeline of pivotal films (and a few noteworthy scenes) that are all ‘Action!’ and no ‘Cut!’”
WHY THIS MATTERS:
From Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope to Andy Warhol’s experimental art film Empire and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning Birdman, here’s a history of films that have used long takes to pack a powerful punch.