Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hand-Me-Down Cinema

This YouTube compilation assembled by barthesian shows that a powerful film scene can get deep inside the collective consciousness and come to be regenerated in a myriad of ways.

I have gotten together a few additional scenes.

Of course, advertisers also borrow from classic movies.

The idea of a baby carriage becoming imperiled during a mob riot was played for laughs in early slapstick comedies. An early example can be found in The Curtain Pole (1909), which was produced by D. W. Griffith for American Mutoscope & Biograph. The clips presented in these compilations make it clear that the comedians have, in the end, reclaimed their old gag.

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