CLIPS FROM 'SCARFACE' & 'THE UNTOUCHABLES' INCLUDED
Our old friend Carl Rodrigue, who used to run the website "Le Paradis de Brian De Palma," got together with a friend to create the video above, which zips through 120 years of cinema in 120 seconds (and includes a quick clip from Brian De Palma's Scarface). That video was created to celebrate cinema's 120th anniversary a few weeks ago. Here's what Rodrigue has to say about the video:
After a brief overview of the processes that led to Cinema, from Nicéphore Niépce's oldest surviving photograph in 1826 or 1827 to Charles-Émile Reynaud's Théâtre optique in 1892, you'll find 75 movies by 75 different directors starting with La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon) which opened the first commercial public screening in Paris on 28 December 1895. Though the first film was an obvious choice, we don’t have the necessary perspective to choose the last one objectively. By selecting Avengers: Age of Ultron we simply acknowledge the fact that the comic book movies have dominated the box office in the past decade.
Keep in mind that it’s not a ranking of the best movies of all time by any means, but merely a celebration of cinema's 120th anniversary. Though we did include the best movies according to SIGHT & SOUND and THEY SHOOT PICTURES, DON'T THEY? such as Vertigo, Citizen Kane and Tokyo Story, we also considered BOX OFFICE MOJO's all time box-office movies like Gone With the Wind, The Sound of Music and Titanic, the INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE's #1 The Shawshank Redemption and other cult movies such as Blade Runner, Scarface and The Matrix.
Below is a newer video created By Carl and his friend, who go by the name Moon Film. This one looks at homages to silent film in more recent works, and includes De Palma's homage to the "Odessa Steps" sequence in Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin in The Untouchables.