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
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.