This Fascinating Short Contrasts The First And Last Shots Of 55 Films

In just over five minutes, Jacob T. Swinney's film contrasts the opening and closing shots of 55 films, from The Tree of Life to The Usual Suspects. Some are quite abstract. But the number you will be able to ID (especially if you've watched a lot of indie/art-house movies in recent years) may surprise you.

Of the piece, the artist writes, "Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different — both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film."


See the full list of films used, in order, on the clip's Vimeo page.


[Via MashKulture; h/t Robbie]

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This plays into a theory I've been developing regarding the first shot of a film being used as its thesis.