Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest film, won’t arrive in theaters until 2014, but to the delight of his die-hard fans (which I am proudly a member of), someone posted a picture of a dolly shot (see above) in the film online. The track stretches a long 470 feet. Paul Thomas Anderson is pretty famous for his tracking shots, so that inspired today’s question: what’s your favorite tracking shot?
A few come into mind. The intro of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil would be one, which is one of the most impressive I’ve seen. Magnolia also has an amazing, long tracking shot through the game show building. The hallway scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining also ring visual perfection. The Copablanca scene in Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas may be the best example, setting up the character Henry Hill.
But what’s your favorite?