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Shots and Takes 
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"Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield plays from a tape deck. Firecrackers explode regularly. Eddie Adams (Dirk Diggler) staring almost blankly at something off-camera. Almost.

I love this extended take in Boogie Nights. It has fascinated me since the first time I saw it and made me love this movie just that much more than I already do. You can almost see the gears working in Wahlberg's head, and along with the music and the firecrackers, there is such a palpable, growing tension. This take is perfect IMO.

What are some of your favorite shots or takes?


Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:57 am
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Great topic!

In Van Sant's Gerry there is the extremely, near painfully long single shot (7+ minutes) of Matt Damon and Casey Affleck walking, walking, walking, walking, walking. It fades up at a snail's pace and nothing about the shot, save for the lighting, ever changes. There isn't a single line of dialog, the music is nothing but spare percussion, and there is not a single note of acting... only walking. It's the best moment in the movie; impossible to look away from, an opportunity for the audience to really start considering the fate of the two characters. Like watching two people watching paint dry, the experience of the shot is a strange, electric and borderline unbearable tension. Wonderful.

P.T. Anderson and Robert Altman have released entire movies of nothing but perfect shots. The one mentioned from Boogie Nights is at the top of the list as is Altman's opening for The Player... near opera.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:17 am
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Any shot in Goodfellas, especially the tracking shot in that club that ends with Henry Youngman


Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:38 pm
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The shot of Willard coming out of the water in Apoc N is great. Another good shot in that movie is of Kurtz’s painted face as he’s kneeling down right before he drops the head in Willard lap.
The shot in GoodFellas that Patrick mentioned
The beginning and ending to The Searchers
And there’s a shot in The Departed in an elevator with Leonardo and 2 other people dead all shot in the head that is quick but a great shot.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:35 pm
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I love the opening of Boogie Nights, which is essentially a knock off of the Goodfellas tracking shot. Both are great.


Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:25 am
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About the Boogie Nights extended take: Damn what a great scene. My favorite part is when 99 luftballons comes on the stereo and they try to rob him. CLASSIC! Who also didn't fall in love with that Goodfellas take? One of my recent favorites is the very end of Michael Clayton when he steps into the taxi and just rides, having gone through everything he just went through, reflecting on his life.


Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:41 pm
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Agree with Goodfellas. I love Scorsese's long takes.

I'll add Children of Men.

There are a lot of extended takes...the opening shot, the birth, but the one that I absolutely love is when they get ambushed on the drive.


Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:40 pm
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One of the most beautiful shots in all of Scorsese's movies is of the bible hitting the water in Gangs of New York. Truly stunning


Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:04 am
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Probably my favorite:

Raiders of the Lost Ark. The shot in the intro, where Indy is running from the Hovitos. He clears the hill, running full speed, with a cloud of dust trailing behind him. A few seconds later, the entire tribe becomes visible, chasing him. Always gets a laugh from me.

The entire filming of Rope was extremely well done. Every long take, spliced together almost seamlessly.

Also, the one scene in Minority Report, in the apartment building.


ram1312 - I agree on Children of Men. I was especially impressed with the extended take in the building, when Owen is searching for the child, bullets flying all around...

The Player. What a great opening -- good call.


Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:18 pm
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The opening shot from The Player is pretty boss, but so is every other shot in a Robert Altman film. (And any PTA film, like someone mentioned.) The Coen brothers usually have very interesting shots in their films, particularly in Fargo and No Country For Old Men. Other films that have great cinematography include Children of Men, Seven Samurai, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gerry, Encounters at the End of the World, Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Gone With the Wind, among many others.


Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:18 pm
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What comes to mind is the shocker from Meet Joe Black. When Brad Pitt's character gets hit by that car....wow. I wasn't expecting that one at all, and it was brutal. :shock:


Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:46 pm
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Shaun of the Dead: When Shaun is hung over, goes to the shop and back home in one steady-cam take.


Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:21 am
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The shot in Bound when they follow the ring through the telephone wire into the next-door apartment. The tension is palpable!


Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:22 am
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The opening of "Touch of Evil" is a favorite of mine. Along with the entrance of Harry Lime in "The Third Man". The silent robbery in "Rififi" is classic as well.


Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:13 am
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What about the shot in Gone With the Wind of Scarlet walking threw all the wounded men as the camera zooms out to a confederate flag. That was an amazing shot.


Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:11 pm
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this really needs a reboot.

lost in translation - pink/orange underwear

sweet hereafter - the bus drowning in the distance.


Fri May 01, 2009 7:51 am
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I fully agree with ram1312 on the Children of Men car ambush and most certainly with Craig on Touch of Evil and The Third Man.

What about the ear-cutting scene of Reservoir Dogs? That's another great single shot as Mr. Blonde leaves the warehouse, goes to his car and returns with Stealer's Wheel playing in the background.


Fri May 01, 2009 12:49 pm
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right there with you guys on the chase scene in children of men.

add some odd ones -
the big labowski - when the dude is in the pornographer's mansion(i presume its a mansion) and treehorn recieves a phone call. he rights somethin down, leaves the room. the dude see what he wrote and then comes back. that shot - when he sits back down. that one i'll never forget. :lol:


told you it'd be odd.


Fri May 01, 2009 12:58 pm
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I love the crane shot through the railway station, over the roof and finally revealing a busy town. All perfectly in sync with Morricone's music: "Once Upon A Time In The West".

The overhead shot in "Mystic River" when Sean Penn screams in pain.

The long "tracking back" shot in "Taxi Driver", down the stairs and out of the building. We are slowly passing all the guys killed during the bloodbath. It contains one dissolve, it's not one single tracking shot - but still awersome and a classic. The music by that lad who is my avatar :ugeek:

The long shot at the beginning of Hitchcock's Rear Window, passing the photographs, perfectly explaining what happened to Jimmy Stewart and what he does.

The constantly circling camera during the breakfast conversation in Reservoir Dogs. Not breathtaking, but clever.

Perhaps my favorite: the fast handheld camera shot all through the narrow U-boat in "Das Boot".


Sat May 02, 2009 3:02 am
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Threeperf35 wrote:

The long "tracking back" shot in "Taxi Driver", down the stairs and out of the building. We are slowly passing all the guys killed during the bloodbath. It contains one dissolve, it's not one single tracking shot - but still awersome and a classic. The music by that lad who is my avatar :ugeek:


That is a great shot. From the moment De Niro puts his finger up to his head, pulls the trigger, to the time the shot ends... man oh man, that's the stuff.

That picture of Herrmann always reminds me of Tim Kazurinsky.

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Pictured (from the left): two random men and Tim Kazurinsky, who had nothing to do with Taxi Driver's score as he was preparing to play Officer Sweetchuck


Sat May 02, 2009 4:22 am
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