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Top 5 long takes
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:35:16 AM »
Theatres all over the world have actors perform for a couple of hours in character, without a break, yet a shot of just a few minutes in cinema is a thing of marvel!
Why that is, I'm not sure. So here it is, my Rope memorial list:

Goodfellas
The Protector / Old Boy (fights are all too often chopped up)
Electra Glide In Blue
Children of Men


And the ultimate:

Russian Arc

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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 09:55:15 AM »
The opening for the Player.
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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 10:14:35 AM »
The opening for Strange Days.
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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 10:31:57 AM »
Most Altman films have a nice long opening shot!

The first to spring to mind for me are Boogie Nights when Diggler first arrives at the Party (I think it is) and the camera actually ends up under water? I haven't seen it for a while! P T Anderson is pretty hot at the long-take/steady-cam.

But one that really stuck with me is from Code Unkonwn which takes place on a busy paris (?) high street, and features a lot of action, and I think it lasts approx 12mins. If I remember rightly, most of that film is shot in one-take sections/stories, and is a very, very good film!

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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008, 12:55:25 PM »
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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008, 01:23:49 PM »
Add Rope to he Ultimates list though Russian Ark is just an amazing technical accomplishment.

Raising Cain - the opening shot is both long and bizarely hillarious
Children of Men - The car scene is strong (and a little Gondryesque) but I like the penultimate tracking shot more
Goodfellas - Copacabana/everyone that has ripped that specific shot off since

worst tracking shot: Atonement - Dunkirk (sorry just though it was a good oportunity to rip this flick once again)

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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008, 06:17:40 PM »
The Ten Best Tracking Shots Ever

A good list, and I kicked myself for forgetting to put A Touch of Evil in my original five - move over Goodfellas!


I'd like to refine the list to the best long takes that really add something to the film - Atonement is an impressive one, but I've seen that film twice and still see that sequence as nothing more than showing off.

That said, I'm gonna make an honourable mention for the crazy all over the place car tracking shot in War of The Worlds. Full on "because I can" stuff from Spielberg, but damn if it ain't one of the more memorable sequences.
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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008, 03:32:39 AM »
Opening of Touch of Evil
Dunkirk Beach from Atonement
Opening of Boogie Nights
The Pool sequence from Boogie Nights
The Raging Bull Shot

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Every Episode of Sports Night and The West Wing
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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008, 12:13:53 PM »
Dunkirk Beach from Atonement

yeah i gotta disagree with keith here.  while i wasn't a fan of the movie that was a pretty amazing shot.

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Re: Top 5 long takes
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2008, 01:47:53 PM »
Its a technical feat to be sure but its all show and adds nothing to the film, that is the reason for my dislike of it.  Everything that was already slow in the 2nd act just stops at that point.