By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on October 30, 2015
What exactly is the treatment here going to be then? – It’s quite simple really. We’re just going to show you some films. Films. Films.
The opening dialogues stand undoubtedly true in this mash up video of two masters of filmmaking, and our favourites, Kubrick and Scorsese. In this video created by Leandro Copperfield, he put together an excellent montage of nearly 500 scenes from a total of 35 films by the director duo. Yes, you read that right, 500! The video came out in 2010, but earlier this year, Copperfield revealed a fully remastered, crisper and cleaner version in 1080p of his video. This seven minute long homage to these two legendary directors is as motivational as it's jaw-dropping.
The editor has made it clear in his note that though the title says ‘Kubrick vs. Scorsese’, it is not a comparison, fight or a competition. It's a striking juxtaposition of the two filmmakers' work, which proves why these two are considered masters of the medium!
While there’s a lot of stuff from the masterpieces like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Taxi Driver, Eyes Wide Shut, The Shining, Gangs of New York, and The Departed, there are also moments from films like Kundun and Paths of Glory, which are also a delight to see. In music, I'm Shipping Up to Boston performed by band Dropkick Murphys gives the video a swing, along with other tracks like Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing by Chris Isaak and Nude by Radiohead where the rhythm goes perfectly with the pace of the montage.
There are moments in the video which make you praise the editor for the perfect match cuts. Like when we see the 2001 ape bone of Kubrick going up along with the Gangs of New York's tossed butcher knife in split screen. It’s like wow; we cannot help but appreciate the brilliance of the editor who thought of this!
Even though we know that there is no contest and there clearly cannot be a winner, the video certainly gives us a distinct sense of each of the director’s work and style of filmmaking. Kubrick's mind-numbing silences on one hand and Scorsese's impactful dramatic moments on the other hand, it’s all in front of us in a span of seven odd minutes! I think that’s the brilliance of the video. It shows us the expanse of brilliance, method and technique of these two directors that transcends time. It makes you experience the ethereal power of cinema!
Watch the video and tell us what you think. We would love to know.