Monday, March 24, 2008

If You Don't Count 'Russian Ark' or Mention 'Rope'…

Director Aram Rappaport wants to shut down Chicago for five days to shoot a 100-minute film that will take place over a single take.

It sounds like a cool project, but Wired blogger John Scott Lewinski doesn't seem to know its full history.

In the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil, the director's opening scene was a long, elaborate tracking shot famed for its intricate choreography. The feat was later duplicated in Goodfellas and The Player.

Writer/director Aram Rappaport is taking the idea and blowing it up for his new thriller, Helix.

Rappaport might be the first non-Russian to accomplish such a feat in a major production, although Hitchock, as usual, receives notice for trying it first in 1948.

1 comment:

Janean said...

Thanks for setting the record straight. Now let's email this to John Scott Lewinski.