Watch This: Comparing the Similarities of 'Birdman' & 'Black Swan'
Ever since Iñárritu's Birdman won Best Picture (and a bunch of other Oscars) a week ago, the film has received plenty of criticism and negativity. I, however, will defend the film as I think it's an exciting and original look at the struggles of artistry, told through the opening of a stage performance. One of my other favorite films in recent year was another Oscar winner, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, and it is very similar to Birdman in many ways. Thanks to a tip from Film School Rejects, an editor named Miguel Branco has cut together a video showing side-by-side visual comparisons between Birdman and Black Swan. It's rather mesmerizing to watch set to Alexandre Desplat's lovely "Wong Chia Chi's Theme" from Lust, Caution.
Here's the "Blackbird" video comparison showing scenes from both films side-by-side. In full on YouTube:
His official description: "New York City — two artists, two opening nights, two rival figures, and one center stage. Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman bares many striking resemblances to Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, in terms of plot, characters, and on-screen imagery. Having seen both films beforehand is highly recommended." Indeed. He makes a pretty convincing argument with this video, doesn't he? But then again, it makes sense that these two talented filmmakers would explore similar topics about artist's egos and the challenges of live production, as they are experienced artists themselves. As similar as both films look, they did have different DPs: Oscar-winner Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman, and should've-been-the-Oscar-winner Matthew Libatique for Black Swan. It is quite beautiful to watch their work side-by-side like this.
Take a look above and let us know what you think. You can find more of Miguel's video work on YouTube.