By Aditya Savnal. Posted on April 20, 2016
From the black and white to the colour era, cinema has come a long way in the last 100 years. Yet it continues to captivate and enthrall us as the screen flickers with varied images that intend to convey varied emotions. And many of these moments have stayed with us over the years.
But chronicling the historic evolution of this journey in a few minutes is a herculean task not many can achieve. But Jacob Swiney has managed to do that rather effortlessly. Swiney's video essay titled '100 Years 100 Shots' compiles several iconic shots from films that have been memorable, path-breaking and defined the quintessential cinematic experience.
The video begins with scenes from black and white classics such as Casablanca, Psycho, Citizen Kane and later on showcases scenes from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Reservoir Dogs, Avatar and films as recent as Boyhood and Mad Max - Fury Road.
Set to an enthralling music piece, the video also features memorable cinematic characters such as Rocky Balboa, Tony Montana besides some unforgettable moments from films such as E.T, Jurassic Park and A Clockwork Orange to name a few.
While watching the video it is also fun to guess the names of films you may have watched or are yet to watch.
The video also tells how film narratives have evolved from being simple to becoming structurally complex with the passage of time. Yet despite these changes, cinema hasn't lost its charm and sucks you into their world instantaneously. And guess that somewhat explains the inexplicable magic that is cinema.