The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

In Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (based on the John Le Carré novel), there is an extraordinary 19 minute tribunal scene. I was really impressed with the complexity of it, so I thought I would export a frame for every shot to try and determine how many setups it took to construct the scene. If my calculations are correct, there were 76 camera setups. The camera jumps around quite a bit, which not only keeps the visuals dynamic, but also illustrates shifting perspectives within the scene. There's a great attention to detail here, and Ritt rarely uses the same shot more than once.

Note: Continuous shots are marked with a number in the lower right hand corner.

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