Live Poll: Movies Told in Real Time

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Everyone loves a broken narrative but sometimes it's those movies told in real time that really hold our attention. For these films, events are portrayed at the same rate at which the characters experience them and thus make us feel like we're right in there with them! This means shorter runtimes that are perfect to squeeze in for that late night watch.

Which of these films told in real time did you enjoy the most?

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http://www.imdb.com/list/ls025972526/
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/jGhF-keoAD8/
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Nice poll! And great to see Tape (2001) in a poll, one of my favorites! So, that will be my vote.
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Thanks Hoekkie - Linklater definitely has an affinity for shooting his films in this style. I believe shooting in real time gives the film a more human and realistic feel, one where you can really experience what the characters do. The Before trilogy was a great example of this, I'm actually yet to see Tape (2001). But you love it so maybe I'll give it a watch one of these days.
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12 Angry Men.

You have Nick of Time (1995) twice.
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Thanks for the heads up Jess, I'll remove it. And what do you know, that's my vote too :)
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You should specify that not 100% of the movie is shot in real time and they might feature a small intro or a conclusion that have used one ellipse or two, it doesn't disqualify them for all that, but My Dinner With Andre starts and ends with Wally going to the dinner and going back home and Carnage features some expository shots, it's no big deal really.

I suggested that a while back in the old days and I think they're all here, even Run, Lola Run. The thing is if you consider movies that are shot in real time while the plot really takes off there are many French movies, some adapted from plays, to consider:

Le Diner de Cons
(which inspired the "Dinner Game" remake)
Le Prénom
Une Heure de Tranquillité
Garde à Vue




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That's true about My Dinner With Andre, perhaps I'll make that note somwhere in the introduction. I haven't seen any of those films, are they all shot in a similar manner? If it's just the intro or ending that isn't, I'm fine with that.
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Yes, they are, don't worry :)
Not 100% but at least 90%.
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FYC:
Fail-Safe
16 Blocks
Timecode
Real Time
Running Time
Silent House
Cop Car
The Set-Up
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Unfriended
Empire
Gravity?
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Gravity takes a few liberties with the timing, but yeah, it's a good option.
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Thanks Jen, these are great! All have been added.
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I think Gravity shouldn’t be on the list. The movie starts on a space station and ends on earth. For me it’s strange to see this movie between the others.
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I go for United 93 (2006) which kept me on the edge of my seat for the full 110 minutes, although obviously everybody knows how it ends.
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Wow, so many great films on this list, and how great to see 'My Dinner with Andre' in a poll! This will be a tough vote.
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Kyle, as Elmo suggested, you could make a note in the intro that not 100% of the movie is shot in real time. 
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Thanks Jess, I've done just that now :)
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Neat poll. Went with Rope, before even seeing the list. 

I do wonder if Sleuth '72 would fly here? Even though there is a day or two between acts, they play out in real time. Just a late thought.
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How in the hell is Russian Ark told in real time?  Yes.  The film is shot in one long take but the story covers a century or longer as the film progresses through its journey through the Hermitage.
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