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Poll: Camera Works With a Special Effect on Their Movies

Images are essential for every movie. So this time it's a poll about visual scene composition and special camera work to which things like light setting, filtering, stage setting are always connected. Some camera works of movies captured unforgettable shots. These are shots you remember the feeling of the scene when you're looking at them. But without these shots the scenes would surely not be close to the effect they have. Which of these high quality image works that put the best visuality on its movie is the most remarkable? Discuss here. The idea was co-created with blackbolt-3.

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    Orson Welles in The Third Man (1949)

    Many hard contrasted b/w shots in the real historic Vienna and its sewers after WWII, partly diagonal shots.
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    Roy Scheider and Lorraine Gary in Jaws (1975)

    The dolly in zoom on the main character when danger is coming. Suggested by mihailrazvigor
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    Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Double layer image, having the conversation in the front and the enemy computer reading their moving lips through his red camera eye, openly hidden in the middle background.
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    Hero (2002)

    The emperor's high position facing the hero in a wide angle shot to show up the power structures.
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    Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Filming the back of a criminal boss characters' head with a bandage in clear sharpness while he's talking to his subordinate criminal deal partner character, which is completely set out of focus.
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    Lee J. Cobb in 12 Angry Men (1957)

    Playing with high and low position in wide angle takes to transport the characters emotions better to the audience. Suggested by mihailrazvigor
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    Jennifer Connelly in Requiem for a Dream (2000)

    High speed hip-hop-montages in opposite to slower takes to change the speed of the optical flow and to shortcut some actions the audience can imagine itself.
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    Vince Viverito in The Untouchables (1987)

    The slow motion action scenes of the stroller to create a higher suspense action.
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    Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010)

    Camera shots from the camera man dancing with the main actress in real wild ballet dance moves.
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    Lee Van Cleef in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

    The many very close shots of the main characters in special situations to lower the distance of the characters and the audience, and giving the audience a closer taste of emotion.
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    Liam Neeson in Schindler's List (1993)

    The introducing shot of the main character in a 1930's restaurant, searching for new business partners from out the background, playing with the "available" light.
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    Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

    The change from an acclaimed doctor to a disinhibited creature of the night in a strong rotating camera move with overlaying scenes and filtering. Suggested by mihailrazvigor
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    Ellar Coltrane and Jessi Mechler in Boyhood (2014)

    The patience of using the camera on one movie over decades for a movie with a runtime less than three hours, also using the natural ageing of the actors.
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    Jürgen Prochnow and Heinz Hoenig in Das Boot (1985)

    Special camera work inside a rebuilt WWII submarine with claustrophobic tracking shots
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    Microcosmos (1996)

    Special use of macro lenses partly combined with slow motion
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    Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Benz, Ben Warheit, Carl Lundstedt, and Mick Szal in Joker (2019)

    The long shot of characters on the one and on the other side of the wagon just before the main story turn
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    Natalie Portman and Jean Reno in Léon: The Professional (1994)

    Near wide angle shots of the characters to distort the scene and make it more intense and to make weapons look bigger.
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    Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech (2010)

    The special takes when main characters are on one side of the image and look more to the direction out of the image frame, inducing a very sober British atmosphere. Therewith also inducing a little dissonance.
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    William Talman in The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

    Seamless rear-projection-shots which fit perfectly. Suggested by nikolayyeriomin
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    Erwin Leder in Angst (1983)

    The innovative concept for low budget productions by using self made contraptions for filming. Suggested by nikolayyeriomin
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    Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

    The "seamless one take" feature film, making people believe the movie is drawn in only one take. Suggested by mihailrazvigor

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