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Paths of Glory

Best long shots in film

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From locked-off lenses that allow the actors to do their work without interruption, to expertly choreographed tracking sequences, this Showdown celebrates the very best long shots. It’s a shout-out to the production and lighting designers, assistant directors, stunt coordinators, focus pullers and every other crew member whose work is vital to long-take masterpieces. Often the best long takes are those that deepen story without us even noticing there hasn’t been a cut; other times we love an obvious set-up. It’s all personal, and we’re okay with a sneaky whip-pan to disguise the odd shot change, so get your top tens in before the director calls “Cut!”.

Most mentioned

  • Children of Men
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • GoodFellas
  • Oldboy
  • Touch of Evil
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Shining
  • Rope
  • Gravity
  • Victoria
  • La La Land
  • Paths of Glory
  • Hard Boiled
  • Baby Driver
  • The Revenant
  • Atonement
  • Russian Ark
  • Halloween
  • The Player
  • Hunger

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