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Does Birdman’s Single Take Work?

EB: It’s difficult to argue the critical success with which Birdman, the jet-black comedy from director Alejando Gonzalez Inñáritu, has been met. Four Oscars, two Golden Globes, and numerous other awards and nominations, Birdman is inarguably one of the best films of 2014. However, even the best films of any given year are not without their flaws, and Birdman is no exception.

Largely acclaimed for its cinematic brilliance is the Inñáritu’s decision to present the film as a simulated single take––with all of the cuts hidden behind clever cinematography. In this way, a series of long takes are stitched together, cleverly presenting a film that takes place over several months as one that takes place in real time.

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