A Mesmerizing Supercut of the First and Final Frames of 55 Movies, Played Side by Side

On his Vimeo page, Jacob T. Swinney frames his pretty remarkable supercut with these words:

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.

Below the jump, you can find a complete list of the films used in the supercut, some released long ago (Dr. Strangelove), some more recently (Birdman). It was while watching Gone Girl in the cinema that Swinney first came up with the idea for the clip. He started “by choosing movies that possessed either very similar or very contrasting opening/closing shots.” Then, he adds, “I decided to expand a bit to include films that show a story of sorts with just the first and final shots. Basically, if an opening and closing shot stuck with me, I included it.” You can find more videos by Swinney over on Vimeo.


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 Men 01:27
We Need to Talk About Kevin 01:33
Funny Games (2007) 01:41
Fight Club 01:47
12 Years a Slave 01:54
There Will be Blood 01:59
The Godfather Part II 02:05
Shame 02:10
Never Let Me Go 02:17
The Road 02:21
Hunger 02:27
Raging Bull 02:31
Cabaret 02:36
Before Sunrise 02:42
Nebraska 02:47
Frank 02:54
Cast Away 03:01
Somewhere 03:06
Melancholia 03:11
Morvern Callar 03:18
Take this Waltz 03:21
Buried 03:25
Lord of War 03:32
Cape Fear 03:38
12 Monkeys 03:45
The World According to Garp 03:50
Saving Private Ryan 03:57
Poetry 04:02
Solaris (1972) 04:05
Dr. Strangelove 04:11
The Astronaut Farmer 04:16
The Piano 04:21
Inception 04:26
Boyhood 04:31
Whiplash 04:37
Cloud Atlas 04:43
Under the Skin 04:47
2001: A Space Odyssey 04:51
Gravity 04:57
The Searchers 05:03
The Usual Suspects 05:23

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  • Megan says:

    Song from American Beauty

  • Scott says:

    Showing films back to back like this clearly shows that most recent films overdo the orange and teal color grading and, as a result, all look the same. In 20 years time this effect will appear so dated. Sad…

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