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Top 10 Movies Shot In A Single Location

One of the most rewarding and contrasting cinematic detours for audiences is the chamber piece, sometimes referred to as a chamber drama or chamber film. This diversified genre is discernible by its use of a small cast of characters, often meshed over a short period of time, and in a limited environment, often times just a single location. Here is the list of top 10 movies shot in a single location.


Rear Window (1954)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
 With James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Persona (1966)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
 With Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

 A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can't talk and finds that the actress's persona is melding with hers.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
With Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

 A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
 With Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes

 Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in. The rest of the film deals with the emotions of this affair and its aftermath. Fassbinder tells his story in a series of 5 or 6 ...

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
 With Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

The Celebration (1998)

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
With Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen

 At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

Buried (2010)

Directed by Rodrigo Cortés
 With Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

 Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Das Boot (1981)

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
With Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

 The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Directed by Olivier Assayas
 With Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger

 A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.

Coherence (2013)

Directed by James Ward Byrkit
 With Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.