First and Last Frame

What can you learn by watching a film's opening and closing scenes side by side?  Jacob T. Swinney shows us in a video essay:

Films used in this project in the order they appear:

  • The Tree of Life: 00:00
  • The Master: 00:09
  • Brokeback Mountain: 00:15
  • No Country for Old Men: 00:23
  • Her: 00:27
  • Blue Valentine: 00:30
  • Birdman: 00:34
  • Black Swan: 00:41
  • Gone Girl: 00:47
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2: 00:53
  • Punch-Drunk Love: 00:59
  • Silver Linings Playbook: 01:06
  • Taxi Driver: 01:11
  • Shutter Island: 01:20
  • Children of Men: 01:27
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: 01:33
  • Funny Games (2007): 01:41
  • Fight Club: 01:47
  • 12 Years a Slave: 01:54
  • There Will be Blood: 01:59
  • The Godfather Part II: 02:05
  • Shame: 02:10
  • Never Let Me Go: 02:17
  • The Road: 02:21
  • Hunger: 02:27
  • Raging Bull: 02:31
  • Cabaret: 02:36
  • Before Sunrise: 02:42
  • Nebraska: 02:47
  • Frank: 02:54
  • Cast Away: 03:01
  • Somewhere: 03:06
  • Melancholia: 03:11
  • Morvern Callar: 03:18
  • Take this Waltz: 03:21
  • Buried: 03:25
  • Lord of War: 03:32
  • Cape Fear: 03:38
  • 12 Monkeys: 03:45
  • The World According to Garp: 03:50
  • Saving Private Ryan: 03:57
  • Poetry: 04:02
  • Solaris (1972): 04:05
  • Dr. Strangelove: 04:11
  • The Astronaut Farmer: 04:16
  • The Piano: 04:21
  • Inception: 04:26
  • Boyhood: 04:31
  • Whiplash: 04:37
  • Cloud Atlas: 04:43
  • Under the Skin: 04:47
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: 04:51
  • Gravity: 04:57
  • The Searchers: 05:03
  • The Usual Suspects: 05:23