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Salopian Posted - 05/01/2011 : 14:44:40
Any suggestions for films with only one/two/three actors? At the moment I'm interpreting this quite loosely (and indeed contradictorily), i.e. where these parts are overwhelmingly bigger than any others, but I'd rather just have films where there are literally only one/two/three characters seen. It doesn't count where people are listed as Himself/Herself/Narrator/Presenter &c. or where one actor plays multiple parts.
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Shot in the Dark Posted - 02/06/2011 : 02:37:13
Gerry (2002) Matt Damon and Casey Affleck
Salopian Posted - 09/01/2011 : 20:17:16
quote:
Originally posted by lamhasuas

Actors appear in the remembered or imagined scenes; but the only other actors involved are a pair of hikers he meets at the start before he becomes trapped, & some hikers he meets right at the end after he frees himself. For thematic & structural reasons there are no ‘real-time’ cutaways* from his ordeal.

(I’m assuming I’m giving nothing away here because the movie’s based on a true story, of course. A lot of its power derives from anticipating what we know is going to happen.)

It sounds like the film fits then, so I'll leave it in.

I would certainly have counted that as a spoiler but I didn't know that it was a true story. (I avoid information about unseen films as much as possible.) I quite strictly feel that historical events are not spoilers, although I know that some people here don't see it that way. It arguably depends on how well publicised the events have been -- no one could convince me that it's a spoiler that baby Jessica McClure is rescued, for example.
ciúnas Posted - 09/01/2011 : 19:41:21
quote:
Originally posted by Salopian

quote:
Originally posted by lamhasuas

I would have thought that 127 Hours qualifies as a one-hander, given that 95% of the movie consists of James Franco’s character alone with his memories & increasing delirium, trapped by the rock.

Are there long chunks with him alone, or does it often cut away (however briefly) to people looking for him?


Actors appear in the remembered or imagined scenes; but the only other actors involved are a pair of hikers he meets at the start before he becomes trapped, & some hikers he meets right at the end after he frees himself. For thematic & structural reasons there are no ‘real-time’ cutaways* from his ordeal.

(I’m assuming I’m giving nothing away here because the movie’s based on a true story, of course. A lot of its power derives from anticipating what we know is going to happen.)



* Christ. No pun was intended.


Salopian Posted - 09/01/2011 : 14:22:31
quote:
Originally posted by demonic

You could argue the voices in Buried don't appear frequently enough to be considered supporting characters... it really is a one man show. Different for Gertie as "he's" a central character than appears from start to finish.

Yup, I'm going to count Buried as one and Moon as two.
Salopian Posted - 09/01/2011 : 14:21:25
quote:
Originally posted by lamhasuas

I would have thought that 127 Hours qualifies as a one-hander, given that 95% of the movie consists of James Franco’s character alone with his memories & increasing delirium, trapped by the rock.

Are there long chunks with him alone, or does it often cut away (however briefly) to people looking for him?
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At 10 a.m. yesterday we had a 385-seat auditorium entirely to ourselves at the local multiplex, which seemed kind of appropriate.)

I love when that happens, although it's usually for a worse film than this sounds.
ciúnas Posted - 09/01/2011 : 13:40:57
I would have thought that 127 Hours qualifies as a one-hander, given that 95% of the movie consists of James Franco’s character alone with his memories & increasing delirium, trapped by the rock.

(This was my partner’s commendable choice of movie as the start of her 39th birthday celebrations. At 10 a.m. yesterday we had a 385-seat auditorium entirely to ourselves at the local multiplex, which seemed kind of appropriate.)



dem20nic Posted - 07/01/2011 : 01:33:42
You could argue the voices in Buried don't appear frequently enough to be considered supporting characters... it really is a one man show. Different for Gertie as "he's" a central character than appears from start to finish. I know what you mean about the clones, but again there can't be any other films that have the same problem. Other similar films have plenty of other characters involved as well - Dead Ringers and Adaptation as two examples.
Salopian Posted - 06/01/2011 : 23:32:43
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Originally posted by demonic

I think mine are all right or at least very good for your parameters. Also the film of Pinter's Betrayal- that's another three hander. Moon is tricky, arguably one or two- Spacey does provide the voice of Gertie, who is a main character, but never appeared on set or even read opposite Rockwell, it was all post recorded. I'd say the Road probably doesn't fit with the others as practically every other scene involves interaction with a string of cameos.

Yes, you're probably right about The Road. Moon is more complicated than that, though (spoilers): Gertie is one problem, because if I count him (which I would lean towards) then I should count all the voices in Buried (which I don't want to); but the bigger issue is the Rockwell clones, since I don't want to count things where just one actor plays loads of parts, but then in Moon they are only semi-different parts...

dem20nic Posted - 06/01/2011 : 22:16:29
I think mine are all right or at least very good for your parameters. Also the film of Pinter's Betrayal- that's another three hander. Moon is tricky, arguably one or two- Spacey does provide the voice of Gertie, who is a main character, but never appeared on set or even read opposite Rockwell, it was all post recorded. I'd say the Road probably doesn't fit with the others as practically every other scene involves interaction with a string of cameos.
Salopian Posted - 06/01/2011 : 21:49:32
Thanks for all the suggestions. If you have time, please take another look at the links to see whether you think I have been consistent, although I am still undecided about Moon and The Road. In particular, as you were so specific demonic, I just trusted all of yours, so let me know if any should be changed.

It's hard to really define the parameters of these accolades. I did originally want to be strict, but I just don't want to exclude things like Two Girls and a Guy, which in my head is exactly what these accolades are about, so for example The Blair Witch Project simply fits for me, but Home Alone doesn't.

Maybe we'll say something like there should be significant chunks of time where only one/two/three actors are seen, but even that has complications...
Salopian Posted - 06/01/2011 : 21:32:57
quote:
Originally posted by lamhasuas

A lot of films adapted from plays could qualify, I imagine. (Certainly lots of Beckett & some of Pinter.)

A lot of the Beckett ones are too short; I was going to create another accolade for them instead, and then I saw that you already had.
Salopian Posted - 06/01/2011 : 21:01:27
quote:
Originally posted by Cheese_Ed

Duel

How many would you count this as? I haven't seen it for a long time.
dem20nic Posted - 06/01/2011 : 16:31:36
Tape (3)

Old Joy (basically 2)

Death and the Maiden (3)

9 Songs (2)

The Wild Blue Yonder (1)

Antichrist (2)

Sleuth (2 - both versions)
Salopian Posted - 06/01/2011 : 15:59:56
quote:
Originally posted by lamhasuas

The Disappearance of Alice Creed: 3 in all.

Yes, I've just added that in fact. It was the film that inspired these accolades, after I reread my comment here for this, but then I forgot to include it!
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There must be dozens of shorts that fit the bill, unless you decide to exclude non-feature-length films.

Yes, I think I will exclude those, as there would be too many.

Thanks also to TitanPa and you for the other suggestions: I'll go through them all later on.
TitanPa Posted - 06/01/2011 : 01:44:28
Home Alone - 3 I believe
Blair Witch Project - 3
Thelma & Louise - 3?


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