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“1917” Isn’t the First (Supposedly) One-Shot Film. Here’s a Timeline. (The New York Times)

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. The question then becomes what to do with all the footage.

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The art of editing, of assembling various camera angles of various scenes for dramatic effect, has long been a crucial component of cinema, from D.W. Griffith’s crosscutting in “Birth of a Nation” to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” shower scene to Paul Greengrass’s white-knuckle “Bourne” action sequences.” – Source: The New York Times

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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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