The Art of the Long Take

In film school, the Long Take was always discussed with a rarified, mystical air, as if it's mastery alone were enough to catapult a director to the exalted category of "Auteur."  There have been many lists of the greatest examples, with directors often competing to out-do one another in length, complexity, and so on.  

The Player (1992) by Robert Altman is one of my favorite examples of the Long Take.

The Long Take is exceptionally technically difficult, requiring precise blocking of actors, expensive dollies, steady cams, cranes, lenses, lighting, you get the point.  Every film student on the planet dreams of their first stab at the mighty Long Take.  But you know what? Some directors don't get their due for their use of the Long Take, as Tony Zhou expertly shows us in the video below:

One overlooked aspect of Spielberg is that he's actually a stealth master of the long take. From Duel to Tintin, for forty years, he has sneakily filmed many scenes in a single continuous shot. Eight long examples: https://vimeo.com/tonyzhou/spielberg-eight Twelve short examples: https://vimeo.com/tonyzhou/spielberg-twelve For educational purposes only. English & Portuguese subtitles by Akemi Mitsueda.

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If you ask me Spielberg is one of the greatest, and most overlooked, directors of all time. What do you think?