13-minute supercut reveals Spielberg's Raiders inspirations

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Dec 16, 2012

Ever have that strange sense of déjà vu watching Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark? Well, somebody else did, too, and matched up mirror images from vintage Lost City serials and paired them side by side to compare. The result will give you jungle fever and have you seeing double for days.

YouTube maestro StooTV collected shots and scenes from 30 adventure films of the golden age, spanning the years 1919-1973, and married them to the same scenes in Indy. The shot-by-shot union is visual verbatim at its best. Check it out ...

We all know Spielberg and Lucas created Indy as an homage to their beloved Saturday matinee cliffhanger serials. Legend has it the two young titans were lounging on the sands of Maui in May of 1977 after finishing Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind when Lucas unspooled his idea for a rollicking adventure tale. Many of the booby trap ideas and playful sequences for the film were actually inspired by the Uncle Scrooge comics of Carl Barks, especially the story titled "The Seven Cities of Cibola," which featured a gigantic rolling boulder.

The film was storyboarded heavily, with many concept illustrations done by comic artist Jim Sterenko, utilizing all the stylistic tributes of early soldier-of-fortune silver screen idols. As these mimicking shots show, imitation and inspiration are often close cousins, drawn from the rich traditions of pioneering cinema and reinventing the genre for a more civilized age.

But snakes?... Why'd it have to be snakes?

(via BuzzFeed)