The Balletic Grace of Scorsese’s Steadicam
A look at this legendary director's mastery of the long take.
Martin Scorsese’s films have a visual muscularity to them, and his use of the steadicam is peerless in its virtuosity. Scorsese’s steadicam swirls and swoops across time and space, mimicking the human eye — as well as operating as an omniscient presence. This video essay appraises the shots across his filmography that thrill us with their balletic gracefulness.