The Beach Bum
The shaggy dog nature of this film, one that mimics its protagonist’s neverending belief that everything is just gonna be alright, alright becomes almost transcendent.
Above, this may be the best view of all: You can see exactly how the camera is mounted for the shot. The set-up is indeed designed to camouflage that there is no actual hole in the "bank wall." I didn't know exactly why it was done this way when I originally saw the movie, but I had a hunch. Again: It's not a debacle, it's not a Crime Against Cinema, it's a directorial (or budget) choice. Take it for what it is. Then again, it's also a failure of imagination. They can do wonders with opticals and CGI these days (see the astonishing, virtually invisible Digital Domain work on "Zodiac"). Watch the "Zodiac" footage. Or build a bigger/deeper add-on set. Why settle for less?
Here you see one full take, and some of the vehicles returning to positions afterward.
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