This week's The Turin Horse comes from Hungary's Bla Tarr, master of the uninterrupted take. (Here's a near-ten-minute example of Tarr's gift for going long, pulled from 2000's Werckmeister Harmonies.) In the history of movies, a handful of long takes emerge as the best—pardon us if we don't include the feature-length Russian Ark or Alfred Hitchcock's seamless Rope.
Touch of Evil (1948)
I Am Cuba (1964)
You're not going to find a more dizzying evocation of Havana high life than this film's swirling rooftop sequence, complete with sunbathers, waiters lofting daiquiris and—at the climax—a delicious plunge into a pool (cribbed for Boogie Nights).
The Passenger (1975)
Never mind if you haven't seen Michelangelo Antonioni's ennui-laced drama, starring Jack Nicholson as a wayward journalist. The seven-and-a-half minute tracking shot is beyond exquisite, the camera unbound by gates or walls.
A massively influential piece of horror grammar, John Carpenter's intro to his slasher classic puts us in the head of Michael Myers, who climbs a staircase, dons a mask, stabs a victim and then flees the scene of his crime. (The shot starts at 2:20.)
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