December 22, 2013

Video: What if Scorsese, Kubrick, and Other Auteurs Directed Christmas Morning?

Auteurs of ChristmasMost of us know what a Chris Columbus and John Hughes holiday looks like: a crazy midwestern family, pizza-sized pancakes, and ill-fated road trips along a blizzard-worn highway. Both of these filmmakers managed to capture the spirit of the winter festivities, but in an entertaining little short, Fourgrounds Media asks the question, "What would the holidays look like through the eyes of some of cinema's greatest auteurs?" Continue on to check out their pretty spot on response.

Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Lars von Trier, and Sergei Eisenstein aren't particularly known for their holiday spirit when it comes to making movies, but Fourgrounds Media takes their sensibilities and aesthetic styles and applies them to your standard Christmas morning scene.

So, for instance, if Michael Moore were to make a documentary about Santa, he'd follow him around blasting him with questions. Or, if Baz Luhrmann were to direct a holiday picture, he probably wouldn't skimp on the confetti and dance numbers (not to mention loads of pizzazz). In fact, the video does a pretty decent job of capturing each of the featured auteurs trademarks and styles:

Scorsese's long monologues/tracking shots --

Lars von Trier's slow motion close ups --

and Wes Anderson's overhead shots (just to name a few).

If you're like me, you're probably thinking about so many auteurs that would be perfect to use in this video. Personally, I immediately thought of Jean-Luc Godard -- a scene with an over-the-shoulder shot of a young, hapless mall Santa looking at himself in the bathroom mirror as his girlfriend smokes, arms crossed, beside him.

But, take a look and see which directors Fourgrounds Media chose to spoof/pay homage to in The Auteurs of Christmas.

Thanks to Fourgrounds Media for the entertaining video!

Who would you have liked to have seen in the video? Which auteurs were spot on (and which weren't)? Let us know in the comments.

[via The Daily Dot]

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Nice. Pretty much nailed the styles of these guys. The lars von trier style was funny, that guy goes into an OCD mode the moment he sees any camera that does more than 24p.

December 22, 2013 at 10:13AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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raj

what? not at all, slow motion has only been used twice in von triers' films and only very recently- his last two. i thought of all the choices made in the video- the von trier slow motion shots were the least defining(although the degree of which the motion has been slowed is fairly unique). an obtrusively close shot on a handheld low quality video camera of something miserable would have been more fitting.
liked the video tho- most of them were pretty good.

December 24, 2013 at 2:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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andy

Funny :)

December 22, 2013 at 10:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Michael

Very cool, the Kubrick and Scorsese ones were my faves!

December 22, 2013 at 12:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Hmmm, this could have been made by someone who had only seen 1 or 2 scenes of each director's work in some kind of "best directors" documentary.

Wasted opportunity.

...humbug!

December 22, 2013 at 1:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Fresno Bob

"every party needs a pooper that's why we invited you, party pooper, yeah party pooper!"

December 22, 2013 at 3:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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jdawg

True, but still funny :)

December 22, 2013 at 3:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Michael

'Twas a poop of truth! These guys shoulda done better...

December 22, 2013 at 9:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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James

Done better? At least they did it!

Loved it, especially Scorsese, merry xmas all.

December 24, 2013 at 9:20AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Loved it but Kubrick's shot should have been symmetrical.

December 22, 2013 at 2:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Sam Riley

my OCD self was really bothered that the top of the tree didn't exactly meet the corner. my default self thought it was all pretty cool though.

December 22, 2013 at 3:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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jdawg

Or it needed to have one-point perspective. I was pretty disappointed by the Kubrick one--lots of missed opportunity. Throwing music from 2001: A Space Oddyssey over a static shot of a Christmas tree is just a reference to that film, not an homage to Kubrick's style.

December 22, 2013 at 6:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Tyler

Awesome, particularly the Eisenstein. I'm holding out for Fritz Lang, Hitchcock, and Spike Lee.

December 22, 2013 at 2:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Jim

I liked the Kubrick shot. However, the Spielberg one needed tracking shots, not handheld.

December 22, 2013 at 4:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Okay, it's absolutely killing me because I should know it but what is the song playing in the Scorsese scene?

December 22, 2013 at 6:02PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Tom

Cream - Sunshine of Your Love

December 22, 2013 at 7:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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TK

Are you sure? Is it an extended version of the song or something?

December 22, 2013 at 8:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Tom

It's Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones

December 22, 2013 at 8:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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John

Thought you ment the 'original' scene. My bad. :)

December 23, 2013 at 8:16AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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TK

For the spoofed scene its 'Gimme Shelter' by the Rolling Stones.

December 22, 2013 at 9:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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MJM

Really disappointed with the Kubrick shot. They didn't even try.

December 22, 2013 at 9:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Robert

Agree. Also, why didn't they reference Dogme 95 filmmaking for the von Trier scene? That would be a lot more representative of his work than extreme slow motion (which I'm pretty sure were only featured in Antichrist and Melancholia).

December 23, 2013 at 1:39AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Noel

exactly, i felt exactly the same way.

December 24, 2013 at 2:04PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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andy

Is von Trier still using the Dogme philosophy? I thought he'd abandoned it. His newer work seems closer to his pre-Dogme films like Europa.

And hey, how about some LADIES in the mix?

December 26, 2013 at 3:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Zooey

What is Scorsese directed A CHRISTMAS STORY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-arIHNm1HM

December 23, 2013 at 9:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Nicely done! I would have liked to have seen a David Lynch scene. Maybe with a strobe light on the tree and a slow motion ceiling fan.

December 26, 2013 at 5:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Matt

Akira Kurosawa: The entire family is sitting on the floor in a row from left to right.

Alfonso Cuaron: Tracking shot from behind as kid comes downstairs. Desaturated image.

David Lynch: The kid reaches for one of the presents. He slowly undoes the wrapping paper to reveal a red box. He slowly takes off the lid and a look of horror comes across his face. A man in a suit watches from the corner.

December 26, 2013 at 7:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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SCott

If it wasn't for the Zarathustra score, I would have never guessed that it was supposed to be Kubrick. Looked more like something Lynch would have shot for his weather reports. And most of them in general just fell flat and felt rushed, not really thought through. I love the idea, but the execution was just too lacking in inspiration.

December 27, 2013 at 1:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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February 2, 2014 at 7:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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