From Movieclips, here’s a stirring compilation of clips edited together to show the journey from birth to death, as told by cinema. The voice-over is largely taken from an Orson Welles clip from F for Fake , in which he quotes from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The Conundrum of the Workshops,” though other musings come from Nicolas Cage’s Charlie Kaufman in Adaptation.
It’s worth pointing out that Welles’ narration—and, therefore, the clips—are predominantly from a male perspective, which is not uncommon in the movies. But the montage otherwise culls from a large and varied swath of the cinema, and I’m willing to bet that the power of how it’s woven together is universal.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
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- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
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- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.