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Frontiers in Art Research, 2023, 5(15); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2023.051503.

The Dialectic of Realism and Surrealism in Long Take Films


Yang Zhipeng

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Yang Zhipeng

Guangdong Business and Technology University, Qixingyan Tourist Scenic Area, Duanzhou District, Zhaoqing City, Guangdong Province, China


In recent years, the use of long take images in films has sparked heated discussions. Taking Chinese-language films as an example, the long take shots in rookie director Bi Gan's "Kaili Blues" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night" are used to create dreamlike effects, while the various long take shots in films by renowned director Jia Zhangke are used to create and record reality. These different uses of long take shots have made the "ontology" of the shot uncertain, and different uses of long take shots have different effects, even producing a great sense of opposition. This article will discuss the history, application methods, and dialectic of long take shots from the perspective of film history.


film history, long take, author's film, film theory, New Cinema Studies

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Yang Zhipeng. The Dialectic of Realism and Surrealism in Long Take Films. Frontiers in Art Research (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 15: 13-19. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2023.051503.


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