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First and Final Frames: A Side-By-Side Comparison

This beautiful short film cuts together the first and last shots of several iconic films. Some of my favorite comparisons include Birdman, Her, The Black Swan, Gone Girl, Taxi Driver, 12 Years a Slave, Raging Bull, Nebraska, Whiplash, and Dr. Strangelove.  By Jacob T. Swinney What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. 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. MUSIC: “Any Other Name” by Thomas Newman Films used (in order of appearance): The Tree of Life 00:00 The Master 00:09 Brokeback Mountain 00:15 No Country for Old Men 00:23 Her 00:27 Blue Valentine 00:30 Birdman 00:34 Black Swan 00:41 Gone Girl 00:47 Kill Bill Vol. 2 00:53 Punch-Drunk Love 00:59 Silver Linings Playbook 01:06 Taxi Driver 01:11 Shutter Island 01:20 Children of …