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A Touching Tribute to the Many, Many Dads of Cinema

On this Father’s Day eve, Nelson Carvajal’s tribute to the dads of cinema seems particularly apt. Over the course of 15 minutes, Carvajal highlights the movies’ most famous father figures, with everyone from Mufasa to Daniel Plainview making an appearance.

It’s an unexpectedly moving video, one that arranges certain scenes, certain moments, by the subtle themes they share. The result is a creeping, accumulative sense of how often fatherhood is interrogated and explored in the cinema. Be sure to read Carvajal’s eloquent accompanying essay, which details his relationships with his actual father and the many he saw on screen.

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