The Watchman

1917 - is it genius or just a gimmick?

January 29, 2020 The Watchman
The Watchman
1917 - is it genius or just a gimmick?
Show Notes

Find out why Sam Mendes’ World War 1 epic 1917 is an awards season favourite in this movie review.

Mendes is no slouch when it comes to quality filmmaking, an Oscar on debut with American Beauty, a couple of Bond films, Road to Perdition and Jarhead to name a few. 1917 however is his most audacious and visually impressive film to date.

1917 is has been crafted to look like it has been shot in one continuous take, which makes the film incredibly immersive. Think the Copacabana scene from Goodfellas sustained for an entire movie.

While it’s not the first time this technique has been applied—check out movies like Rope and Birdman or do a quick search of IMDB—it might be the most impressive application of the technique thus far.

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