Sunday, April 22, 2012

Spike Lee's Dolly Shot Montage

I prefer to think of them as "moving sidewalk" shots. The Keital-Bicycle one at 1:18 is probably my favorite, especially in the context of the movie. (Keital, a tough NY detective, is trying to help the kid on the bicycle, who shot a neighborhood thug to death. As Keital suggests a story to commit to testimony that would get the boy off the hook, the imaginary scene plays out with Keital as floating narrator; seriously badass.) Another top clip is the stoned Leguizamo clip from Summer of Sam; the woman in the nightclub scene (from The 25th Hour) is fantastic as well.

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