Recutting the Revenant: How a Long Take Can Fail

In this video essay, Thomas Flight takes a look at cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki’s and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s use of the long take in their action-survival film, The Revenant. While this bold camera and editing technique has the potential to elevate a scene, Flight explores its potential to fail—by disrupting a viewer’s immersion in a film.


The Long Take


Contemporary & Revisionist Westerns


Alejandro González Iñárritu


The Revenant