Some would call them supercuts; others maybe video essays. Whatever you call the videos posted by the mysterious Vimeo user who goes by the name of Kogonada, they are astounding explorations of cinema. If film is a language, each of Kogonada’s five video pieces explores the use of but one phrase or trope.
The newest entrant, “Kubrick // One-Point Perspective,” masterfully weaves shots from the director’s oeuvre, pulsing along to a soundtrack of Clint Mansell’s “Lux Aeterna,” a track best known as “that Requiem for a Dream song.” Each shot utilizes the same framing technique: a wide angle with everything in focus, directed at a single point in space in the dead center of the frame. It’s difficult to explain, which is why one should give it a look.