September 27, 2017 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.
Video Creator: Dante Guerilla “I own nothing in this video, except for editing the stuff together to compare the two directors.”
“At first glance, it might seem hard to understand what kind of taste could possibly encompass both Kubrick and Anderson. The former made mostly complex and emotionally chilled period pieces, visually grand yet stark, tinged with grim humor, and possessing a dim view of humanity. The latter makes colorful, outwardly high-spirited comedies, sometimes even animated ones, that seem to delight in their own carefully cultivated aesthetics.”
“But both bodies of work reveal directorial minds that take cinema itself very seriously indeed. ‘”Kubrick is one of my favorites,”‘ says Anderson in an interview clip used in the video essay comparing shots from his films to shots from Kubrick’s, just above.
‘”Usually, by the time I’m making the movie, I don’t really know where I’m stealing everything from. By the time it’s a movie, I think it’s my thing, and I forget where I took it all — but I think I’m always pretty influenced by Kubrick.”‘
A Visual Comparison
The video above, in six short minutes, makes a compelling and powerful comparison between Kubrick and Anderson.
“That influence, on a visual level, does come through in this comparison, certainly in all those first-person perspectives and views through portholes, but even more so with the camera moves, especially in the tracking shots and zooms.” (OpenCulture).
Lit and Cinema – Whither The Book?
The side by side comparison in the video above by Dante Guerilla raises an interesting issue: In Literature such a side by side comparison of writings, say by Tolstoy and a “Writer like Tolstoy,” would immediately raise cries and condemnations of plagiarism.
The Visual Arts
In the cinema, as in most of the visual arts, a side by side comparison of similar work of by two different artists is treated as “influenced by.” In the age of the internet where millions (billions) of pages of content, and millions (billions) of images are available for free, the term of “influenced by” seems to be a more realistic concept for the digital age.
Book Publishers and the New Media
Indeed, numerous museums have made high-resolution images of their collections available for download for free. Museums even encourage the use of their images in whole, or in part, for the creation of new art. Can book publishers find a way to do the same?