13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

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If you think about the number of sequels, remakes, and reboots, it becomes quite clear why so many people say that there are very few new and original ideas in the movie industry. In 1994, in his interview for Empire, Quentin Tarantino said that he didn’t think it was bad to take scenes from other movies. He also said that great artists steal, they don’t do homages.

Bright Side has taken a look at the examples of scenes that some movie directors borrowed from others. And in the bonus, you will find out which director took entire shots that were originally done by someone else.

Drive (2011) — One Hour Photo (2002)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

For example, in 2002, in his movie One Hour Photo, Mark Romanek shot the main character, played by Robin Williams, between the shelves in a store. This is the exact same scene as in Drive.

The Shining (1980) — Körkarlen (1921)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

Interestingly, Victor Sjöström wasn’t the first person to have this idea. He, in turn, was inspired by D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl that was released in 1919.

The Untouchables (1987) — Battleship Potemkin (1925)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

If you remember this scene, but you are sure you’ve never watched Eisenstein’s film, it is probably because you remember it from Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables. In the culmination, a young mother gets in the crossfire and her baby’s stroller also goes down the stairs.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) — Full Metal Jacket (1987)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) — Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (1964)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

Henri-Georges Clouzot shot his film Inferno in 1964. At the time, actress Romy Schneider had glitter on her face and used light to make the shot “move.” Anderson used the Bokeh effect, instead of makeup, in his The Grand Budapest Hotel and used different color transitions. So, this is the perfect example of the new interpretation of an old idea.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) — The Wizard of Oz (1939)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

A similar shot can be seen in The Wizard Of Oz. There, the characters were also sitting behind rocks watching the army of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Frances Ha (2012) — The Virgin Suicides (1999)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

House of Sand and Fog (2003) — Requiem for a Dream (2000) — Dark City (1998)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

You might have thought that all of the movies were made by the same director, but they weren’t. First, Connelly was on the pier in Dark City by Alex Proyas, then in the famous drama Requiem for a Dream by Darren Aronofsky, and a third time in House of Sand and Fog by Vadim Perelman.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) — Miracle in Milan (1951)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

But few people actually know that with this scene, Spielberg was actually showing respect to one of his favorite directors Vittorio De Sica. But in his Miracle in Milan, the characters were traveling on a broom. In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the concept changed a little bit, but it’s still pretty similar.

Back to the Future (1985) — Safety Last! (1923)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

The most attentive viewers noticed that almost the exact same thing happened to Harold Lloyd in his 1923 masterpiece Safety Last!. You can watch the opening minutes of Back to the Future where you will see a clock with Lloyd on it.

Pulp Fiction (1994) —  (1963)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) — SF: Episode One (1998)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

In the first volume of Kill Bill, Tarantino shot the fight sequence in front of a lit wall, exactly like it was in SF: Episode One. Only the color wasn’t red, but instead was blue.

The Zero Theorem (2013) — Closer (2004)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

Bonus: Blade Runner (1982) — The Shining (1980)

13 Scenes Directors Shamelessly “Borrowed” From Other Movies

Do you think is it okay to borrow ideas from other movies or should all the ideas in movies be new?

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