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Why 1917 is More Than a One-Shot Gimmick

Sam Mendes' 1917 is made to look like one continuous shot -- without being gimmicky. How did they do it, and why did they choose to do it? The one-shot exercise is a showcase of technical excellence, but more importantly it creates a sense of immersiveness, a potent emotional effect that brings us back to the trenches, allowing us to imagine the reality of being in that horrific war.