The visual language of cinema is constantly evolving. Though great filmmakers and cinematographers generally develop their own unique style, they also draw on the cinematic techniques of earlier films. While some directors intentionally pay homage to striking images and iconic moments from classic movies—Quentin Tarantino famously wears his references on his sleeve, for instance—others draw parallels to other films unconsciously.
In the short video “Scenes Alike,” filmmaker Candice Drouet has collected visually similar shots from completely unrelated films. While some of the similarities may have been intentional, others were likely involuntary and the result of a shared cinematic language as opposed to an homage. Both a visually striking movie supercut, and an exploration of the way visual tropes evolve, the video draws unexpected and fascinating parallels between movies like The Master (2012) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), or One Hour Photo (2002) and Drive (2011). Check it out above.
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