Touch of Evil Opening Shot


The famous crane shot from Orson Welles’ 1958 film, ‘Touch of Evil.’

24 Responses to “Touch of Evil Opening Shot”

  1. MediaDobson  on January 17th, 2012

    The amount of deep space created by this huge long shot is fantastic, love all the different perspectives we get to see as a viewer.

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  2. Footvox  on January 17th, 2012

    I’m not sure if anyone has already referenced it, but Robert Altman’s 5 min continuous opening shot in The Player was his loving tribute to this!

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  3. flemishguy  on January 17th, 2012

    One of the best.

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  4. Paolom86  on January 17th, 2012

    We need just one second of this secuence on the current cinema. Please Orson, grant them just a single millisecond!!

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  5. GoongalaGoongala  on January 17th, 2012

    Imagine how difficult it probably was to get this opening shot perfectly. Pretty impressive.

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  6. Stlcards789  on January 17th, 2012

    If anybody likes the movie Halloween (1978) the opening of that film was inspired by this shot!

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  7. cosmicking1987  on January 17th, 2012

    any one here because they read cosmic trigger part 3?

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  8. popboy0  on January 17th, 2012

    OUTSTANDING!  as perfect as a Fred Astaire routine !

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  9. etomlins4  on January 17th, 2012

    The choreography–and there’s no other word for it–in this scene is astounding. The car with the ticking bomb starts out, then the camera picks up Vargas and his wife and the car passes them, but then they catch up with it, while various other persons and vehicles weave between them and around them. All the while you’re thinking, it’s going to blow up with them right next to it, only the car passes them again and at just the right moment it explodes. Brilliant cinema.

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  10. keyfeatures  on January 17th, 2012

    wow.

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  11. axel2935  on January 17th, 2012

    people don’t understand how hard is to do a scene like this even in our days, this is marvelous!!!

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  12. bertxo  on January 17th, 2012

    Superb!

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  13. MDthornton83  on January 17th, 2012

    This is cool.

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  14. karinkamikakirari6  on January 17th, 2012

    OMG this is so cool :O!!! Orson Welles is a genius!!!

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  15. D1Zard  on January 17th, 2012

    the greatest single shot ever.

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  16. LNKtheWizard  on January 17th, 2012

    @sylviekell

    No you don’t!

    Set: 0:16
    Explosion: 3:28

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  17. TheMostAwesomeMan242  on January 17th, 2012

    …..(continued) not only a gross understatement but very rude!!!

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  18. TheMostAwesomeMan242  on January 17th, 2012

    this is considered by many movie critics as the longest opening scene ever shot without the use of cutting in cinematic history!!!! but i was watching the commentary of for the ’98 re-edited version of this classic yesterday night and one the actors said in the commentary that when Orson Welles performed the opening scene for the movie, a friend (i think) of Welles said that Welles was “showing off” when he did that sequence!!! i think that statement made by that person at the time was…..

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  19. chinookking97  on January 17th, 2012

    @bass109
    fuck you, and piss off. Thats even worse than those husketeers 8D

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  20. lorddio99  on January 17th, 2012

    What an awesome opening sequence.

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  21. truthissoap  on January 17th, 2012

    @phongbong He’s the world’s most interesting man.

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  22. filmfreakbuff  on January 17th, 2012

    * Cinema

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  23. filmfreakbuff  on January 17th, 2012

    one of the reasons why i so love cinima

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