Raiders of the Lost Archives

Chris Higgins

This is a gem -- a shot-by-shot comparison of Raiders of the Lost Ark with 30 different adventure films made between 1919-1973. It's a thirteen-minute video that apparently took two years to make. I imagine much of that was finding and cataloguing every shot in those 30 adventure films, in order to match them up with Raiders.

The author, who goes by StooTV, suggests in a YouTube comment that this is not an indictment of Raiders as derivative, but instead seeks to show the "influences and inspirations" that informed the creation of Raiders. And I agree with him. It's amazing that someone has done the homework to demonstrate how Raiders is such a distillation of a genre that it can stand up to this kind of analysis. Enjoy:

See also: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.

(Via Waxy, via Binary Bonsai.)