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February 13, 2015 6:04 PM

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A few minutes into Alejandro G. Inarritu's black comedy "Birdman," it becomes apparent that the camera has yet to blink. Over the course of its two-hour running time, the film somehow maintains the high-wire act, never visibly cutting away until the climactic final moments.

Inarritu and his collaborators — including cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and star Michael Keaton — have remained tight-lipped about how exactly they pulled off the feat, but it's clearly a combination of expert camera choreography and exhaustive rehearsals, with some digital polish applied.

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