The Long Take

Critical Approaches

  • John Gibbs
  • Douglas Pye

Part of the Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television book series (CRFT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. John Gibbs, Douglas Pye
    Pages 1-26
  3. Christian Keathley
    Pages 59-71
  4. Adam O’Brien
    Pages 117-132
  5. Alison Butler
    Pages 177-191
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-263

About this book


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.


film and television André Bazin The long take Critical approaches history of cinema Film Style and Technology Jean Renoir Otto Preminger Mizoguchi Ophuls Minnelli Rossellini Jon Jost Richard Linklater Tsai Ming-liang James Benning Nuri Bilge Ceylan Alfonso Cuarón long shots in film long sequences

Editors and affiliations

  • John Gibbs
    • 1
  • Douglas Pye
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Film, Theatre & TelevisionUniversity of ReadingReadingUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Film, Theatre & TelevisionUniversity of ReadingReadingUnited Kingdom

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