From very early on, film directors attempted to push the boundaries of conventional editing norms with the use of long takes or “oners”. These extended shots, often composed with sophisticated and complex camerawork, allowed them to obtain a more coherent timing, bring a peculiar sort of realism to the scene, and manipulate tension.
In the breathtaking opening of Touch of Evil, Orson Welles established the long take as a practice of directorial excellence and virtuosity. Many international auteurs, Theo Angelopoulos, Andrey Tarkovsky, and Bela Tarr among them, used it as their main cinematic tool. More contemporary filmmakers, like Paul Thomas Anderson, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu, include long takes in all their films.
Consequently, action directors were fascinated by the technique, seeing incredible new possibility in it. In opposition to the trend of rapid editing that infested action cinema the last couple of decades, long take action scenes offer a far more creative way of putting the audience in the middle of the conflict, with often astonishing results.
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