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A Timeline of Single-Take Cinematography

Here's a history of films that have used long takes to pack a powerful punch.

George MacKay as Schofield in “1917,” co-written and directed by Sam Mendes

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“‘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.”

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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!’”

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BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) (aka BIRDMAN), Michael Keaton, on set, 2014.  TM and Copyright ©Fox Searchlight Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

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.

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