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Video: The 100 Most Memorable Shots In Cinema Over the Last 100 years

This short supercut by Jacob T. Swinney was an official selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Here is Swinney’s note about the film:

A journey through the past 100 years of cinema–the most memorable shot from each year (in my opinion). While many of these shots are the most recognizable in film history, others are equally iconic in their own right. For example, some shots pioneered a style or defined a genre, while others tested the boundaries of censorship and filmgoer expectations. If anything, I want this video to be a reminder as to why we all love cinema so much.

Films used:
Birth of a Nation
The Immigrant
A Dog’s Life
Broken Blossoms
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Kid
Safety Last
Sherlock Junior
Battleship Potemkin
The General
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Un Chien Andalou
All Quiet on the Western Front
King Kong
It Happened One Night
The Bride of Frankenstein
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Wizard of Oz
The Great Dictator
Citizen Kane
The Outlaw
To Have and Have Not
Rome, Open City
It’s a Wonderful Life
Dark Passage
The Bicycle Thief
The Third Man
Sunset Boulevard
A Streetcar Named Desire
Singing in the Rain
Rear Window
The Seven Year Itch
The Searchers
The Seventh Seal
North by Northwest
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Lawrence of Arabia
8 1/2
A Fistful of Dollars
The Sound of Music
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The Graduate
2001: A Space Odyssey
Easy Rider
A Clockwork Orange
The Godfather
The Exorcist
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Apocalypse Now
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Raiders of the Lost Ark
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Breakfast Club
Dirty Dancing
Die Hard
The Silence of the Lambs
Reservoir Dogs
Jurassic Park
The Shawshank Redemption
Mission: Impossible
Fight Club
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Brokeback Mountain
There Will be Blood
The Dark Knight
The Tree of Life
The Avengers
Mad Max: Fury Road



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5 comments on “Video: The 100 Most Memorable Shots In Cinema Over the Last 100 years

  1. Dara
    August 20, 2016

    In my enthusiasm, I forget that you have just shared this and are not the creator of the piece. Doh!
    Thanks anyway. And my question about the music still stands.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      August 20, 2016

      Hi Dara, this video was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. I wish I were the creator!


  2. Dara
    August 20, 2016

    I am astonished you have only had one comment here, and it’s not even a real comment.

    This is just beautiful. I had to watch it again immediately after watching it the first time just to re-immerse myself in its hypnotic procession of colour and tone and memory and emotion. Thought-provoking and stirring and a really lovely selection of films with a couple of exceptions although I accept their inclusion may be no indicator of artistic merit. Beautiful nonetheless.

    What’s the piece of music that you have used? I love how it syncs so perfectly with your last shot.

    Well done, and thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Phil Moyer
      August 14, 2017

      I believe this is the song used in the closing monologue of Chaplan’s The Great Dictator

      Liked by 1 person

  3. anisioluiz2008
    August 14, 2016

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

    Liked by 1 person

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