Is Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant copied? Video offers 17 clues

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2016 17:51 IST
The video juxtaposes many of DP Emmanuel Lubezki’s gorgeous shots to some of Andrei Tarkovksy’s classic films. (YouTube)

We all knew The Revenant is a stunning work of art, but a new video by Vimeo user Misha Petrick suggests that the film’s now iconic visuals have the legendary Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky to thank more than anyone else.

The video compares the Leonardo DiCaprio revenge epic with several films by the Solaris director side-by-side and the results are really enlightening. Not only has The Revenant director Alejandro G Inarritu been greatly influenced by Tarkovksy, the video suggests that he has actually lifted some scenes directly. And the video certainly makes a strong case.

Watch the video here

The Revenant is about the legendary fur trapper Hugh Glass played by Leonardo DiCaprio who treks hundreds of miles in harsh conditions to take revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Read: Leonardo DiCaprio celebrates Oscar nomination: ‘It feels great’

The video juxtaposes many of DP Emmanuel Lubezki’s gorgeous shots to some of Andrei Tarkovksy’s classic films like Andrey Rublev (1966), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Sacrifice (1986), Stalker (1979) and Mirror (1975).

This is not the first time a major director has been questioned like this. Quentin Tarantino openly ‘takes inspiration’ from a variety of old films and freely admits to doing so. Anurag Basu was accused of lifting whole scenes from the films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in Barfi! In fact there have been many other directors invoking past classics in their own films.

Check out a video of Quentin Tarantino’s visual influences here

Quentin Tarantino's Visual References from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

There is a fine line between plagiarism and tribute, and having seen The Revenant, we can assure you that it is a film that stands on its own feet. It never feels like any other film you may have seen, in fact, it puts a truly unique new spin on the classic Western tropes. This instance really does seem like Inarritu was paying respect to one of the greatest directors to have ever lived.

Read: DiCaprio wins another award for The Revenant, inches closer to Oscar

The Revenant is leading the pack at this year’s Oscars with 12 nominations and the way things are going, it certainly looks like Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win.

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