10 Of The Most Impressive Long Takes In Movie History

WGTC writes: Gravity’s very limited use of cutting is a remarkable achievement by director Alfonso Cuarón. It makes many of the film’s effects seem far more realistic simply because they all occur so fluidly. It’s also a stark contrast to what’s been branded as “Chaos Cinema,” the trend in action movies since the 1980s or so where rapid cutting is used to give exciting sequences more of a frantic pace. I am a fan of the use of chaos cinema when a movie calls for chaos, which action movies almost always do. But I also like variety. What the long take does is generate the sense that, instead of the frantic shifting of gaze from one thing to the next, we’re almost just staring at what’s unfolding before us, eyes and mouths hanging open, unable to look away. It’s a different experience, and given Gravity’s early success, potentially one that more action directors will look to recreate in their own future sequences.

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