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Since the first day I watched Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You I couldn't stop wondering: How on earth was this scene filmed?

The way Goldie Hawn moves is incredibly natural. I literally find it hard to believe that they were using cables to hold her in the air, especially on the parts where she slides back through the floor.

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Any particular reason for changing the title just to mention the director? –  Napoleon Wilson Sep 11 '13 at 14:10
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I thought It'd make the question more visible, since there is no "woody-allen" tag and I couldn't create one. We can rollback it to revision 2 if you disagree. –  Streppel Sep 11 '13 at 14:13
    
Well, that's your decision, it doesn't hurt anyone either, I think. In the end I guessed such a reason or something similar. Yet I don't think that this technique is something characteristic for Woody Allen (unless convinced of the opposite), so I'm happy you couldn't add the woody-allen tag out of nowhere. –  Napoleon Wilson Sep 11 '13 at 14:19
    
I'm pretty sure she's on a wire. Have you tried watching the dvd with directors comments on? I don't know if it exists, but might provide insight. –  Ben Plont Sep 11 '13 at 16:15
    
I haven't seen any dvd extras about this movie, actually I don't know if there is any... But I'll keep an eye on it. –  Streppel Sep 11 '13 at 17:41

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It is a technique known as wire work, often used in martial arts films—see Wire fu.

A wire is attached to a harness under the bodice of her dress is threaded through a pulley on a crane. Typically a man is on the other end of the line, pulling down to raise her a little, or two men to raise her a lot. The smooth horizontal movements are made by extending/retracting a telescopic crane, or for limited distances, a stationary crane can be rotated. You can see some stunt performers training in this video.

In post production, the wire is removed through a technique known as rotoscoping.

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