I just watched Ruy Guerra's surreal and beautiful 1970 action/drama Os Deuses e os Mortos, which I've heard was one of Werner Herzog's favorite movies - he even cast Guerra as Ursuá in his masterpiece Aguirre.
Yo. Os Deuses e os Mortos is incredible. Shot in the wilds of Brazil, it has an incredible sense of life and motion. Most is from a handheld camera that practically dances. I was jaw-dropped. This one scene I loved so much I had to upload to youtube. It's one of the most beautiful action scenes I've ever seen in my life.
Check this out, count the cuts (hint: there are none):