What was the first full-length feature film shot completely with a subjective point of view, that is, with a subjective camera where shots simulates what a character actually sees (audience, character, and camera all "see" the same thing).

An example of what I mean is The Russian Ark, by Sokurov, or Cloverfield.


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Lady in the Lake (1947)

The entire movie plot unfolds from lead Robert Montgomery's point of view, thus creating a rarity in film: the principal character is only seen on-screen as a reflection in mirrors and windows, and as the narrator speaking directly to the audience.

  • "With the exception of a couple of times when Montgomery (in character) addresses the audience directly, the entire film is shot from the viewpoint of the central character, Marlowe." So it's not a full length subjective camera. Could that be ok to @JuanZe or you're looking for a 100% subjective camera ?
    – Advicer
    Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 15:49
  • A 100% subjective camera could be a better answer
    – JuanZe
    Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 4:47
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    @Advicer Montgomery is only ever seen in mirrors. I don't see how that, or addressing the audience directly, constitutes an exception.
    – user207421
    Commented Mar 28, 2017 at 0:17

Most of the movies of the "Found Footage" genre are basically full lenght subjective camera works.

By the way, I can't think a 100% POV movie before The Blair Witch Project (1999).

Here You can find some good lists to dig: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Found_footage_(genre) http://horror.about.com/od/horrorthemelists/tp/povhorrormovies.htm

  • It's been a while but don't they pass the camera around in that movie? So we don't see 100% of the movie from the point of view of one character only. Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 22:24

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