First and Final Frames

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This great video by Jacob T. Swinney 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

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