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Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron has earned himself recognition for many talents over his career, but his defining legacy will be his ‘one-shot-sequences’, some showing entire scenes all in one take.


This video essay from the Royal Ocean Film Society picks apart some of the best examples of these long takes throughout his catalogue. The essay talks about the technical aspects behind such long takes, as well as how the way Cuaron uses them to build character and push a narrative forward, making him standout from the field.

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Alfonso Cuaron|Royal Ocean Film Society|Film

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