The term “cinephile” describes someone who derives pleasure from watching cinematic stories unfold. For example, I love the long moments in a movie, the ones where the director doesn’t cut or edit. These moments and long takes are a sustained cinematic feat of acrobatics and they’re amazing to watch. Sure, this makes me a film nerd, but I also hope that my “nerdiness” can be infectious. This miniseries is all about praising the moments that go the extra mile to bolster our suspension of disbelief. In this video essay, I look at films that use long takes instead of cuts that break the momentum of a moment. Watch and see how this difference can have far-reaching ramifications. 

If you liked this first installment of Thank You For Not Cutting, be sure to check out part 2, coming in early May.