Steven Spielberg and George Lucas famously created the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, as a loving homage to the adventure films and serials that they loved in their youth. Elements of those movies are everywhere in Raiders, even as the Spielberg film is defined by a specific post-Jaws blockbuster sensibility.

Now there is a great video called Raiders of the Lost Archives, which culls footage from 30 films made between 1919 and 1973 (indlucing several big Charlton Heston films) and presents that footage side-by-side with the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Check it out below.


Now, I don’t think that all of these shots, or even many of them are specific references made by Spielberg. Rather, this is a good demonstration fo the style of those early adventure films, and a clever way to demonstrate how the established elements of those movies were incorporated into Raiders. [BuzzFeed]

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