A moving tribute to the movies

Slacktory compiled all the great clips of movies in movies into one mini movie.


Mike Fenn


Published Jul 19, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 11:05 am CDT

Movies showcase every subject from superheroes to romance to tornadoes filled with sharks. So what happens when movies feature the subject they should be the foremost authority on—movies?

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Chances are, they wound up in Slacktory’s moving YouTube montage, “Movies in movies: A metacinematic montage.”

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Slacktory used depictions of movie theaters from 93 different movies to create a truly meta homage to the moviegoing experience. From walking into the theater to reacting to onscreen action, editors Clara Darko and Brutzelpretzel successfully piece together a story about a night out at the movies. While Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Biloxi Blues may be leagues apart in every way possible, the Slacktory editors have managed to beautifully marry them together. 

The 139-clip montage is set to a wonderful set of music from famed movie composers John Williams and Elmer Bernstein.

It’s a shame that video games rarely feature in-game characters playing video games, for Slacktory could surely continue to work its magic there, but instead it did the next best thing: video games in movies.

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H/T Slacktory | Image via Slacktory/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 19, 2013, 7:31 am CDT