18 Coolest Movie Long Takes

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    • ChrisWootton

      Apr 5th 2011, 10:25

      I thought that Snake Eyes wasn't actually a long take?

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    • Ramah

      Apr 5th 2011, 11:22

      What about the shot in Kill Bill in the House of Blue Leaves? Not as long as most in this list I guess but it's still very, very cool.

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    • Poekie

      Apr 5th 2011, 11:23

      The restaurant fight scene in Tom Yum Goong was a pretty impressive long take.

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    • BoomStick

      Apr 5th 2011, 12:24

      The shot in Birth of Nicole Kidman in the theatre should be included I think. It's not flashy or anything - just a gentle zoom to a fixed position on her face, in the dark theatre, with an intense soundtrack and a wonderful, wonderful performance from Kidman. It lasts about 2mins, which is a lot for a close up - I think I remember reading when the film was released that both actress and director (Johnathon Glazer) really had a hard time editing the take down from the original 10minute as it was such a great moment in the film.

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    • beaudie85

      Apr 5th 2011, 12:55

      Surely a mention for the stadium scene in The Secret in their Eyes! One of the best and well structured shots in cinema history

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    • clearwriter

      Apr 5th 2011, 13:03

      Am I missing something? This is the second list total film has made of this kind and this is the second time that Magnolia, with it's beautiful long take through the television studio joining and leaving characters, has been ignored! Come on.

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    • gonzoBen

      Apr 5th 2011, 14:10

      Agree, 'The Secret in their Eyes' stadium shot is an incredible piece of cinematography. There is a nice 'making of' to be found on youtube.

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    • redreed

      Apr 5th 2011, 14:16

      Where on earth is Hunger!!!??? you really missed out on a treat there.

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    • Jrdnsans1792

      Apr 6th 2011, 10:09

      The long take through the school near the start of Donnie Darko should be on here i think

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    • DonDraper

      Apr 6th 2011, 11:40

      Nice to see that sequence from 'Stalker' in there, an unforgettable moment in cinema. Really you could make the whole list from Tarkovsky, his use of the long takes are devoid of show-boating, serving to absorb the audience in his art and their awareness of time. The end of 'Nostalgia' is also very memorable. Good to see this seldom used technique receiving some mainstream love. Also nice to see Antonioni in there, 'The Passenger' is a stunning film.

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    • katerinfg

      Apr 8th 2011, 18:36

      A list of this sort cannot possibly be complete without the post-Agincourt shot in Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V". As "Non Nobis, Domine" swells from a single voice to a full chorus, the weary but triumphant king trudges across the bloody field past dead men and horses, the body of a slaughtered pageboy over his shoulder. He passes small vignettes as he goes that underline the cost of his victory -- a man robbing a corpse, his nobles bearing the body of his dead brother, the defeated Dauphin of France beside his Marshal's body, a group of grieving women from whom he is protected by the French herald whose respect he has earned. The shot is the more amazing when you learn that there was actually very little area that did not have an anachronism in the background, so rather than the stright line it looks like, Branagh had to work out a very complex path and follow it smoothly with the camera. This film is not to be missed -- the best date to watch it, of course, is October 25th, which is St. Crispin's Day and the anniversary of Agincourt. It's an annual ritual for me.

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    • BogdanZ

      Apr 12th 2011, 14:40

      i would also add IRREVERSIBLE. the whole movie is made of 7 or 8 takes. and they are really impressive

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    • bebhinnreilly

      Apr 14th 2011, 16:13

      are my eyes dreaming! what about hunger???

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    • candlecube

      Aug 14th 2011, 15:53

      I think that in the film Soy Cuba, the scene of the party is as powerful as the one of the Funeral ... http://youtu.be/X-W1wonooBo

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