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  1. Larry F

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    I'm watching a movie from 2008 called PVC-something. There is a strong possibility for a spoiler, so I won't say much about it, other than to say that is seems to have been filmed in one, continuous shot. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like the movie, but I found myself glued to the screen for an hour. That is just about my main criterion for being engaged with a piece of art, that I can't turn away. But, turn away I did, as I was already up too late.

    It doesn't seem gimmicky at all, and creates some very nice rhythms between the scenes and transitions. It is based in a rural area comprised of dirt roads, rail tracks, houses, trails, etc. Once I had the knowledge that this was a one-shot deal, I appreciated how much work went into the planning and timing of events that initially were happening offscreen, then come into view. There didn't seem to be any opportunities to stop and start filming.

    A forebear of this technique was in Hitchcock's Rope, based on a murder by University of Chicago students, Leopold and Lowe. In this film, everything took place in one room, I believe. When the film reel was to run out, the camera went close up to the lid of a trunk or the back of a character. These produced moments of pure black, where the filming can stop and start again.

    There is a scene in Goodfellas where the camera follows a couple from their car, down the steps to a restaurant kitchen, etc. A lot of people had to be coordinated for these.

    Surely, there are other well-known examples, aren't there?
     
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    There were several in, of all places, Boogie Nights.

    There's a Thai movie called the Protector with a very long, single-shot fight scene that's pretty awesome.
     
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    That scene in Goodfellas is awesome. Not only did they have to choreograph the shot itself, but then Ray Liotta narrates on top of it. Just brilliant.

    There's a fad going around among high school video classes, to shoot an end-of-the-year video in a one shot take.. and they generally get every-single-student to participate in it. Some of them are highly coordinated. I have a student that was in this one from last year. They did it all to the music of Queen. Pretty cool when you watch it, that it was entirely done by high school students.

     
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    I really enjoyed Rope, but man did you ever hate the characters.

    If I'm remembering correctly, didn't Kubrick use some single takes in 2001, the scene following the arrival on the space station?
     
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    There was amovie in the late 80's or 90's
    that the opening scene was two Hollywood types in an office
    building talking about one of those shots. At the same time,
    the actual shot was roaming from one window of the building
    to the next window, in one camera shot. It took about 7 minutes
    and at the end of the scene as the guy is explaining the concept,
    the other guy answers, " Hmmm, never heard of it!"

    Close the scene, the movie starts, credits rolling.......

    Don't remember the name of the movie!
    Sound familiar to anyone?

    I thought it was called The Producer, but I could be wrong.
     
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    Touch of Evil by Orson Welles:

     
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    In Reservoir Dogs they discuss Goodfellas and then Tarantino does a continuous shot of his own as an homage to Scorsese.

    ...am I remembering that right?

    edit: nope... hahahaha it was Swingers, it was so money! you don't even know how money it was! although RD does have a long tracking shot
     
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    Tarantino does the same in Pulp Fiction with the scene in that hallway before entering the apartment where the guys have the briefcase. The famous foot massage scene. Hey let's hang back, the camera stays at the door while they walk down that hall. The whole scene is shot from the distant can.
     
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    The Player with Tim Robbins?
     
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    Antonioni's "The Passenger" had the original famous long shot done with a crane following 2 bad guys who enter and cross a square to kill the protagonist. Remarkable. A lot was written about it at the time.
     
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    silent house (2012) was a one-shot film... and a pretty excellent one at that. elizabeth olsen is quite the actress... hard to believe she's from the same bloodline as those other olsens.

    edit: nope... i was wrong. it's several 12-15 shots edited together to look like one shot. still a good movie though
     
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    This came to mind:

     
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    ... and for a very long shot

     
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    That was awesome
     
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    edit. Beaten to the punch!
     
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    There's a movie called Russian Ark which is shot entirely in one take within the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (formerly the Tsar's winter palace). It's technically very impressive with thousands of extras and extravagant scenes all staged perfectly to produce the continuous shot. Unfortunately a lot of the subject matter was over my head.
     
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