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Watch a Beautiful Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

You might think that 21 minutes is too long for a video tribute, but Philip Seymour Hoffman was the kind of artist whose work calls for it. Filmmaker Caleb Slain says he spent more than 200 hours putting it together, and his work shows: The tribute includes almost 50 films, stretching all the way back to Hoffman’s first appearance on Law & Order, and even features hidden gems like Hoffman’s great commercial for the “D&D Mattress Man” from Punch Drunk Love.

Set to music from a few of those movies (the scores for Punch Drunk Love and Magnolia, Iggy Pop’s “Search and Destroy” from Almost Famous), it’s also edited beautifully to showcase Hoffman’s range. (If you’re not sure whether it’s worth your time, just check out the section at 14:40, set to the “uncool” speech from Almost Famous, or the section at 17:20, edited to a section of Hoffman’s 2010 interview with KUOW.) Like the scope of the work Hoffman left behind, it’s overwhelming.

(You can see the complete list of films included at the video’s Vimeo page.)

Read all of Slate’s coverage of Philip Seymour Hoffman.