Surveying The Accident

Another tracking shot classic:

The reader who sent it in writes:

As a long time political junkie and film major, your recent string of postings on the greatest tracking shots has been a joy for me. I just wanted to recommend to you the traffic jam tracking shot in Jean-Luc Godard's "Weekend"  Godard's last film before he descended into ten years of marxist "film-essays." The most striking part of these long tracking shots is how the keep an integrated physical reality without compromising space for the sake of the cut. The cut is a kind of artifice by its very nature, and our breath can be taken away by these long shots so easily simply because of how magical our own physical reality seems when reflected back to us. It is a kind of religious feeling to be awed by a reflection of the intact physical world, with only the subjectivity of the moving camera.