This is the first book in English exclusively devoted to the long take, one of the key elements of film style. Increasingly visible in contemporary international media, the long take currently attracts a good deal of attention in criticism and commentary. There are also significant strands of film theory in which duration has become a recurrent concern.
In keeping with the approach of Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television, this collection is devoted to the detailed critical analysis of specific long takes, explored in terms of how they function within their contexts, how they shape the visual field, the meanings they generate and the effects they create. The Long Take: Critical Approaches brings together essays by established and emerging scholars (all but one essay commissioned for this volume) in an exciting collection that analyses works from a range of filmmaking traditions, from the 1930s to the present day, selected to represent varied long take practices and to explore associated debates.
John Gibbs is Professor of Film and Douglas Pye is Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading, UK. They are series editors of Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television and members of the editorial board of Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism.
1. Introduction 1. The Long Take: Critical Approaches. - John Gibbs and Douglas Pye.- 2. Introduction 2. The Long Take: Concepts, Practices, Technologies and Histories - Steve Neale.- 3. Three long takes: Le Crime de M. Lange (Jean Renoir, 1935) - Douglas Pye.- 4. The Average Long Take - Christian Keathley.- 5. The Long Take in Five Women around Utamaro (Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1946) - Alexander Jacoby.- 6. Opening movements in Ophuls: long takes, leading characters and luxuries. - John Gibbs.- 7. Like Motion Pictures: Long Take Staging in Vincente Minnelli's Bells Are Ringing (1960) - Joe McElhaney.- 8. Roberto Rossellini Presents - Adam O'Brien.- 9. Last Chants for a Slow Dance (Jon Jost, 1977) - Jim Hillier.- 10. To be in the Moment: On (Almost) Not Noticing Time Passing in Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater 1995) - James MacDowell.- 11. Watching Cinema Disappear: Intermediality and Aesthetic Experience in Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye Dragon Inn (2003) and Stray Dogs (2013) - Tiago de Luca.- 12. 13 Ways of Looking at a Lake (James Benning, 2004) - Alison Butler.- 13. The Artists' Long Take as Passage in Sharon Lockhart's Installation Lunch Break (2008) - Catherine Fowler.- 14. The search for meaning in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
(Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011) - James Rattee.- 15. Working space: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013) and the digital long take. - Lisa Purse.- 16. "True Detective (2014), Looking (2014), and Televisual Take" - Sean O'Sullivan.