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#1 Dan Adlerstein

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 12:43 AM

I think this would be a logical and great idea for the next installment of thier somewhat ridiculous - yet fun debate inducing - series. To try and come up with specific rankings is of course an obsurd pursuit, yet the 100 years 100 films list did, i think, turn a lot of people on to some classic movies they may have otherwise not checked out. And all the clip shows have been fun to watch.

So here we go, the criteria: the shots have to be single, uncut shots (super-imposition could, i guess be ok). And they have to be from American films (because its AFI and that's what they do). Obviously all things that make a shot great, memorable, classic, etc. could and should be factors. Quality of cinematography a factor for sure, but not be all and end all. The weight of the moment, direction, everything ... iconic images and great shots.

I'll go first with some suggestions - in no particular order.

- The Searchers - last shot John Wayne walking away in door frame.
- Wizard of Oz - Dorothy walks from B & W into color.
- Sunset Boulevard - William Holden Floating dead in pool from underneath (the one they used the mirror for)
- Psycho - Optical zoom out of Janet Leighs eye at end of shower scene
- Goodfellas - The steadicam shot
- Lawrence of Arabia - Mirage telephoto of Omar Shariff riding towards camera
- The Graduate - Under Mrs. Robinson's bent leg of Dustin Hoffman
- Touch of Evil - Opening crane shot


etc., etc. what do you think?
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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 05:40 PM

I'd add the shot from (I think) "In Cold Blood", shot by Conrad Hall, where the shadows of rain on the window looks like tears on the actors face. Not sure why my memory is fuzzy about what movie this was....
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#3 Max Jacoby

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 04:40 AM

Well I hope they're not going to limit themselves again to American (and English) movies as most of these lists tend to do.
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#4 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 05:53 AM

Well I hope they're not going to limit themselves again to American (and English) movies as most of these lists tend to do.

Well, it would seem that they would if it was AFI. But it would be interesting to see something that spanned the globe as well.
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#5 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 09:50 PM

i think in Lawrence of Arabia when Lawrence goes back to save the man who fell off his camel and when he has saved him the peasant boy sees them and the ONE SHOT where it's SUPER wide and Lawrence on the camel with the guy is going one way and the kid on the camel is going towards him.

OR, the second shot in the cut right after he blows out the match and it's SUPER orange.
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#6 Harrison Reynolds

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 04:46 PM

I personally like the shot at the end of The Devils Rejects, on the open highway. I don't think it should really be part of this list, but I think its a really cool scene.
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#7 Bill Totolo

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 01:37 AM

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The scene of Alice (Katharine Hepburn) weeping at her rain-spattered bedroom window after returning home from the dance.

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#8 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 03:01 AM

We had this discussion last year and I posted some of what I thought were memorable shots in movies. Here are some:

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#9 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 03:15 AM

There's a montage that someone cut together for the Academy Awards in the 90's featuring the most memorable shots in American film history. I saw a print of it a few years ago at the Rafael Theatre in San Rafael. It was great because I've only seen most of these films on DVD. Can't remember the name of it, though.
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#10 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 03:55 AM

Mr Mullen, you are 100% correct. You wouldnt say the Lawrence of Arabia shot right after he blows out the match is memorable? The insane orange sunrise contrast to the black ground.
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#11 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 12:12 PM

Mr Mullen, you are 100% correct. You wouldnt say the Lawrence of Arabia shot right after he blows out the match is memorable? The insane orange sunrise contrast to the black ground.


Well, the sunrise shot is pretty of course, but it's the CUT from the ECU of the match that make it memorable (and the music cue). It's like the cut from the falling bone in "2001" to the spaceship. The two shots on either side are interesting but it's the editing that makes them memorable.

So you're talking about the greatest edits in movie history more than the greatest shots. I can't say that the sunrise alone in "Lawrence of Arabia" is one of the greatest shots in history -- "Days of Heaven" probably has some better sunrise/sunset shots. The montage of five sunsets & then a sunrise that symbolically begins "2001" (Man was created on the Sixth Day) was also a nice series of shots, although they were actually 8x10 stills I think.
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#12 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 12:59 PM

- Psycho - Optical zoom out of Janet Leighs eye at end of shower scene


That shot is memorable from Psycho, yes, but it's an optical zoom...which for me, perhaps, doesn't exactly make it too impressive. For me, if I'm going to pick a shot from Psycho, it's got to be Norman standing out by the swamp and slowly turning his head towards us....creeeeepy

A few more of my favs, concentrating on single shots, not necessarily huge dramatic/climactic moments:

"Brazil" - Dolly out from Jonathan Price in the interrogation chair.
"Blood Simple" - Bullet holes, nothing more
"E.T." - The change from night to day when Greg is asleep in E.T.'s closet. He wakes up, sees the flowers dying and starts screaming.
"Glory" - A shot from high up of the black regiment marching onto the beach towards the end, with the flags whisping past the camera.
"Edward Scissorhands" - Winona Ryder dancing in the snowflakes from Edward's shaving of his giant ice sculpture.
"The Matrix" - Morpheus breaks free from interrogation and runs to jump into the helicopter, the closeup on his foot as it gets shot.
"Paths of Glory" - Long dolly shot in front of Kirk Douglas walking through the trenches.

I could go on forever...but I'll stop now.
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 01:28 PM

Dead men walking away from the camera, and looking back at the audience, from "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930?)
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 02:12 PM

Hello All,

Here are some of mine:

Last shot in Hitchcock's VERTIGO. Jimmy Stewart standing on the bell tower ledge looking down on his fallen love.

Last shot in CASABLANCA. Bogart and Raines walking off into the fog.

also from SUNSET BLVD. When Norma Desmond stands up in the light of the movie projector.

the dolly in shot that introduced John Wayne in STAGECOACH.



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#15 Jason Maeda

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 04:13 PM

"Well, it would seem that they would if it was AFI."

probably a pretty safe guess. :huh:

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#16 K Borowski

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 07:06 PM

That shot is memorable from Psycho, yes, but it's an optical zoom...which for me, perhaps, doesn't exactly make it too impressive.


You realize the context with which "optical zoom" is used here, means it's a real camera zoom, not a post effects zoom. That shot is one of the most impressive I have seen. Try holding your eyes completely still for 40 seconds without blinking and with all kinds of camera movements going on around you and you'll see what I mean.
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#17 Jason Maeda

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 10:40 PM

it's a still.
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#18 Joe Taylor

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 11:23 AM

:rolleyes:

Somebody just emailed me a list of great smart ass replies. Hope it's not too late to add that one.

Oh, one great recent shot that really stands out is the the slow-mo speed boat passing by in "Miami Vice." First shot in what I guess was only in the directors cut. Great shot, kind of bad movie.
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