Mash-Up: ‘Birth to Death’ Uses Movies to Tell a Life Story

By  · Published on July 26th, 2013

“Everyone has the same moments in their life,” a college professor of mine used to say. Birth, schooling, graduation, a first paycheck, marriage, parenthood, grandparenthood, retirement, death. These were the standardized plot points. Then he’d ask what made our lives different. The answer, naturally, is the moments in between.

Those familiar signposts and deep breaths in between are well-represented in this stunning mash-up from MovieClips that uses flashes of film scenes to tell the story of a complete life.

Bonus points for using Orson Welles’ recitation of Kipling’s “The Conundrum of the Workshops” in F For Fake. A few points deducted for not including the sliding baby scene from Big Fish.

Check it out for yourself:

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