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Thursday, December 10, 2015

I finally got around to watching the WWII epic chronicling the D-Day invasion of France, THE LONGEST DAY (1962).  I'm an admitted WWII buff and enjoyed the film quite a lot –– talk about star power!  The cast list is impressive: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Peter Lawford, Eddie Albert, Roddy McDowall, and the list goes on.

See IMDB for full cast list here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056197/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast


But what impressed me most about the THE LONGEST DAY, as a filmmaker myself, was the beginning of the battle at Ouistreham, France.  The shot is an amazingly long, single-take, helicopter sequence of events lasting 1-minute and 25-seconds.  Unbelievable!  For even modern films that like to push the single take limit, 1:25 is an outstanding effort.


Just watch this superior shot that opens the video clip from the Ouistreham battle.  I can't imagine the time it took to choreograph all the actors, explosions, and gunfire to land right on cue with the movement of the helicopter and camera.  This is a shot you don't want to do more than once. A do-over would require at least a couple days or more to reset for a Take-2.  And no telling what it would cost.  Again, quite outstanding work.

ENJOY THE OUISTREHAM CLIP HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzd1gCc5CO8


SOME STILLS FROM THE OUISTREHAM BATTLE







ENJOY THE LONGEST DAY TRAILER HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqFn_pM5QxU 

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