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Watch: Supercut Video Essay Featuring "135 Of The Most Beautiful Shots In Cinema"

by Oliver Lyttelton
July 18, 2012 2:38 PM
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We can't say that we're necessarily the biggest fans of the "supercut," those viral videos that take a bunch of examples of a particular thing -- people cussing, or saying a particular line, or whatever -- pull them together with some natty editing, and then just hang around collecting views. Generally speaking, they feel like kind of a waste of time, and are sort of indicative of a depressing pick & mix engagement with culture. But having said that, Christian Marclay's "The Clock," which cuts together moments of instances of time in film over a 24-hour period, is one of the most amazing things we've ever seen, and that's essentially an extension of the supercut principle, so we're certainly open to it. 

A new video essay by Jason Bailey that just popped up at Flavorwire is no "The Clock," but it's certainly worth a watch; collecting 135 shots from 86 movies that the site and their commenters labeled some of cinema's most beautiful. And watching them unfold (even if some are in less-than-optimal quality), it's hard to disagree. You can look over at Flavorwire for the full list of films, but no cheating, see how many you can name in the comments section below. For a little antidote to "The Dark Knight Rises" madness, the clip can be viewed below.

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema from Flavorwire on Vimeo.

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  • Wes | August 4, 2012 4:25 AMReply

    another one:

  • Joe G. | July 19, 2012 4:58 AMReply

    Can I call BS?

    So many not great shots, many just plain the wrong movie. A bunch were the right movie, wrong shot. Sort of incompetent, yet pretentious and annoying all in one. Removing all context from these emotional scenes of characters serves what purpose? People may not have seen all the films, and random chaotic jumping about is just an empty exercise in cutting an pasting.

  • JD | July 18, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    What on earth is the point of including some of those images (i.e. Night Of The Hunter and In Cold Blood, for starters) and then cutting away right before the moment that actually makes it a great shot!?! It's not Lillian Gish in a rocking chair, it's Robert Mitchum in the yard!

    Nice attempt, but flawed, for sure. To see this done right (arguably never better) check out the opening and closing montages from "Visions Of Light".

  • Christian | July 18, 2012 3:40 PMReply

    The music reminds me of Adaptation, but there are no shots from that movie. Which has some of the best nature shots.

  • Katie Walsh | July 18, 2012 3:27 PMReply

    Is it weird that I would pick completely different shots from these movies?

  • Jess | July 18, 2012 4:13 PM

    Me too, in a lot of cases. Also, I think sometimes it's the sequence, rather than the shot, that people are enthused about, viz Children of Men: undoubtedly a great, great sequence, but really only in the context of the film and not especially typified in that one shot.

  • Ron@homo | July 18, 2012 3:04 PMReply

    Not very impressive. What are Martha Marcy May Marilena and The man who cried doing there? Some of his choices are completely random and not that great. He basically assembled shots of skies and setting suns.

  • matt | July 18, 2012 8:56 PM

    if you read the initial post on flavorwire it explains this was put together from reader comments of what their fave shots were. So it doesn't exactly purport to be the absolute best list of movie shots (which it clearly isn't), just a fun compilation of nice ones.

  • eric | July 18, 2012 3:38 PM

    he clearly just went threw his dvd collection and ripped it all. It's a great video, it tells a story using some great visuals BUT the title of it is so misleading!

  • cirkusfolk | July 18, 2012 3:18 PM

    I agree. He also kept using the same movies over and over. OK i get it, you like Terrance Malick.

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