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Supercut Pairs First and Final Frames of 55 Films

'Her' and 'Whiplash' are among the movies Jacob T. Swinney gathered for new video 'First and Final Frames.'
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Seeing a film's first and last shots side by side can be an illuminating experience, highlighting hidden themes or revealing whether or not a character grows over the course of 90+ minutes. To this effect, editor Jake Swinney, who previously guided us through last year's Oscar-nominated directors, cut together 55 different cinematic beginnings and endings for a new supercut called First and Final Frames.


"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," Swinney writes in his film's description. "Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film." We found Whiplash, Gone Girl, and Dr. Strangelove particularly symbolic, but there's knowledge to be gleaned from every title on the list, which you can read here.


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