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Post by Anna Fomicheva

This is not the most substantial post, but I have been obsessing about this long tracking shot all day and thought I’d share it.

This is from Mikhail Kalatozov’s (Cranes are Flying, The Unsent Letter) 1964 Soviet-Cuban film I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba), a remarkable piece of work shot by Kalatozov’s usual collaborator and one of the most outstanding Russian cinematographers Sergey Urusevsky.

The tracking shot in question begins at 1.42 in this video and is one of the most breathtaking pieces of cinema I have ever seen. It’s simply sublime.


And here’s a very good list of 10 best tracking shots in film history.
(I’m glad to see The Atonement missing from the list :))