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There have been movies where the entire movie is a single take. The best I can find based on quick research are Russian Ark at 96 minutes, and Timecode at 97 minutes. Timecode is actually a quad-split screen film (four different videos running in four different quadrants of the screen), each of which is a single take shot, running for the entire movie. I ...


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The reason why musicals are less popular now, or more prolific back in the first half of the century is pretty long, but hopefully engaging and interesting. It certainly was to me when I studied it. There are tons of academic books written about the downfall of musicals, but here's the short(er) version: Musicals (along with Westerns) were very much a ...


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TL;DR The name MacGuffin does not originate from a particular person's name. It's just a nonsense term that has been around before it was applied to the movie concept of a random item that drives the plot. Long answer Tvtropes attributes Alfred Hitchcock with making the term MacGuffin famous, and Hitchcock himself names one of his screenwriters, Angus ...


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I guess the key here is using the word film in your title. With film you are limited to the length in a canister and no amount of creativity can change that. With digital video this constraint goes out the window. So for film, it looks like Snake Eyes wins at just over 13 minutes. For digital video, Agadam looks to be a clear winner, endorsed by the ...


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Wikipedia lists Inspiration (1915) as the first film with non-pornographic nudity. For films that were intended to be erotic or pornographic, you have to go at least back to 1896 for Le Coucher de la Mariée (or Bedtime for the Bride or The Bridegroom's Dilemma), where cabaret performer recreated her striptease act during a bath scene. The short film was ...


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I'm not sure that this is the first full nudity in a Hollywood movie, but Jane is completely naked in this scene from "Tarzan and His Mate" from 1934.


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The Spaghetti Western, or Euro-Western, carries the legacy of NeoRealism in its very fabric, yet is a conscious step away from the Historical cynicism and introversion that had entrenched itself within Italian Cinema. Cinecitta, as the Italian Film Mecca or "Hollywood on the Tiber" was naturally the primary studio for most Italian Neorealism (after being ...


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There are potentially two answers to this: depending on how much you're willing to refine certain elements of the question: In a straight '1 Director' example, Hellraiser Bloodline is the highest grossing film that is directed singularly by someone invoking 'Alan Smithee'. The film was actually directed by special FX makeup artist Kevin Yagher, who has ...


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Here you can find all technical memo's and publications of Pixar. Most of them can be directly related to the movie they are developed for, or used in by the images provided. Note that many of their publications are published in SIGGRAPH, which is one of the worlds biggest conferences/journals on Computer Graphics/animations. So they do new and innovative ...


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The earliest reference I could find was referenced in Truffaut: A Biography starting on page 163, 2nd paragraph. This link starts on page 163 and gives the background. On page 164 there is the trope. Truffaut never directly says "impossible to make an anti-war film." Rather in describing his desire to make one concerning Algiers, he decides that he cannot ...


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Andrew Martin gives a good example. Although it's only formed from the perspective of an individual, its a pretty comprehensive reflection of the broad way society receives images of infanticide; the point about creating good performances from child actors is a little absurd, but it doesn't come directly from Andrew. The only point to add are considerations ...


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There are plenty of movies which show children getting serious injured and/or worse. Some that immediately come to mind include (note, these all have graphic child death/injury scenes): Beware: Children at Play Assault on Precinct 13 City of God The Shining Another collection of films that can be added to the list can be found here. That blog post also ...


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Scorcese's Copacabana tracking shot in "Goodfellas" needs mentioning. This ten-best tracking shots list from AMC lists the opening of "Snake Eyes" as being 13 mins.


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I was reluctant to be the first at an attempt to answer this, as it's going to be quite subjective. It's hard to quantify how something can be received as wholly cynical, and it also assumes a certain amount of intention on the creators part. I think as a wider cultural malaise set in sometime around the early-to-mid 90s, it became perceived as 'cool', and ...


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I think you're referring to Color Grading, these days it's much easier to enhance and mix colors in moving pictures than it was years ago. Hence Color Grading was not done years ago because its not cheap, flexible and easy as it is today.


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I think the topic is a tough, tough problem. Not impossible but very hard. And I don't think any single metric will do the job. I suspect that you will need to look at a range of different types of metrics and search for commonality among them. Box office is imperfect but important. But don't use it without making some corrections for inflation. And there ...


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Interesting question... I don't think it's a rule, I think it's a technique to increase the tension. When a child character is killed or physically harmed, the choice to not even show the event increases the "unbearable" aspect of the event. It makes a taboo inside the story and gives more tension to the situation. Sometimes the event isn't even really ...


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If you count the zoopraxiscope as 'silver screen' then this pushes the date back to at least 1883, with Eadweard Muybridge's studies for the University of Pennsylvania. These included Boys playing Leapfrog and Woman Walking Down Stairs. Of course (as you can tell from the names) these are hardly feature films, just several seconds of captured motion.


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There was an episode on the Third Watch TV show, that, as far as i can tell, was made entirely on a single shot. That is, about 43 minutes. In fact, I usually never watched the show, but I started wathcing that one episode, and the fact that the first minutes had a single shot caught my eye, I kept looking it, and the whole episode was one single shot! ...


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I don't know "The longest shot" in all of the movies but I remember this movie Children Of Men directed by Alfonso Cuarón which has few long shots, The length of the long takes: Long take in the car when Julian is shot - 3:58, Long take of the birth - 3:11, Long take of the siege - 6:18. And Quentin Tarantino has a way of filming long shots. His ...


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It's not longer than the movies listed above, but the TV show Mad About You had a single take, commercial-free, 20-minute long episode called the "The Conversation". I haven't seen it since it was aired, though, so I don't remember if the camera was fixed or not.


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There's a horror movie called Silent House, I think there's two or three cuts in it but they are all pretty cleverly hidden, besides that the movie is a continuous shot, probably about 30-40 minutes at a time.


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The way you describe this effect makes me think about Film Colorization by Hand. It is an older technique than the era you're suggesting. Here is a description of the technique from this site: Painters colored each part of each frame of each copy of the reel by hand. This labor-intensive technology was only possible because the earliest films were very ...



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