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Oscars: 'Birdman' Cinematographer Reveals Secrets Behind Movie's Ingenious "Single Shot" Look

By Clip Syndicate
Alejandro G. Inarritu 's Birdman pulls off one of the great cinematic magic tricks of all time. The entire 119-minute movie — about a fading movie actor, played by Michael Keaton, trying to jump-start his career by appearing on the Broadway stage — looks as if it were shot in one extended take. Of course, that would have been impossible. However, Inarritu, determined to maintain the illusion behind the $18 million film, has instructed his editors not to discuss how long each individual take was. But his cinematographer, Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who won an Oscar in March for Gravity, revealed to THR that the longest take in Birdman actually lasts about 15 minutes, and most are in the 10-minute range.

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