Here’s someone who put his Blu-ray collection to good use. Editor Joris Faucon Grimaud has put together a 7-minute tribute to some of the greatest and most underappreciated films from cinema’s vast 120-year history. Even though it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table as far as YouTube tribute videos are concerned, it is nevertheless an equally haunting and inspiring experience to see so much film history flow in front of our eyes in less than ten minutes.
The first minute makes it look like we’re in for a strictly chronological experience, as Grimaud lines up the earliest examples of cinema in order of production. But then, as Clint Mansell’s “Death is The Road to Awe” from Darren Aranofsky’s “The Fountain” serenades us in the background, films from different periods begin to intertwine as we are gradually eased into short sections that focus on different genres or styles instead of a video relying on a strict chronological order.
A montage of clips from mostly dramas are cut over Terence Blanchard’s gorgeous score for Spike Lee’s masterpiece “25th Hour,” while Hans Zimmer’s score for “The Lion King,” which contains early hints of his epic approach to “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” takes care of animated classics, and so on and so forth. You can check out the tribute below, which will more than likely inspire you to dust off your DVD and Blu-ray collection in order to revisit some of the great films it shows. [via Reddit]