10 Amazing Unbroken Shots in Film

Touch of Evil

Several great directors have used the busy unbroken take as a method for crafting an opening scene, using its fluidity and immersion to create a “shoot first, ask questions later” M.O. — and also to give viewers something interesting to look at while all those names are going by. The first filmmaker to do so may well have been Orson Welles, whose famous crane-assisted shot in the dusty noir classic Touch of Evil placed a bomb in the trunk of a car and then coiled around it for three and a half minutes. (In its original release, the shot was accompanied by titles and Henry Mancini’s score; the clip above is from the 1998 “restored cut,” which removed them per Welles’ wishes in a memo to Universal that was ignored back in 1958.)