7 Movies Shot in One Take

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Timecode (2000)

Mike Figgis divided a screen into four quarters, cast the likes of Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgård, Saffron Burrows, and Holly Hunter, and ran the four shots simultaneously through the film's ninety-seven minutes.

Russian Ark (2002)

Directed by Alexander Sokurov, the ninety-six-minutes of the film follow a ghost who explores Saint Petersburg's Winter Palace and finds within its rooms different people from the previous three centuries.

Fish & Cat (2013)

Shahram Mokri's slasher film about a group of university students who camp by a lake whilst participating in kite-running competitions runs to a length of two hours and fourteen minutes, making it one of the longest one-take films ever made.

Paint Drying (2016)

Charlie Shackleton made this experimental protest film of a static shot lasting over ten hours to make a point against film censorship and the expense certification from the British Board of Film Classification often amounts to for independent filmmakers like himself.

Roaring 20's (2021)

A Paris-in-Covid-19 travelogue, Elizabeth Vogler's eighty-five-minute film takes viewers on a day-long trip around the City of Lights in the middle of the pandemic.

Boiling Point (2021)

Band of Brothers (2001) alumni Philip Barantini (director) and Stephen Graham (lead actor) expanded their 2019 short of the same name to produce ninety-two tense minutes of a dinner service at an upmarket London restaurant.

Iravin Nizhal (2022)

R. Parthiban's film ran for just over two hours, traversing fifty sets across seventy-five acres to accommodate its non-linear narrative structure, with A.R. Rahman's score adding to the ambitious scale of things.

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