Inception in 60 seconds, the best version

Austrian artist Wolfgang Matzl condenses everyone's favorite uncondense-able movie using stop motion animation

By Adam Clark Estes
Published March 10, 2011 11:26PM (EST)

The internet loves to take sophisticated cultural products and simplify them. The 60-second movie is a relatively popular format -- perhaps inspired by the old series of Hollywood Video radio promos that condensed "Lord of the Rings" (and others) down to a minute. "Jaws," "Hamlet," "Harry Potter" -- they've all been done and all been done fairly poorly. 

But now Austrian artist Wolfgang Matzl has created a gorgeous version of "Inception" using cut-outs of vintage etchings and stop-motion animation for a contest. The famously long and complex film proved to be an interesting choice. The pretty ivory and ink tones are mesmerizing, and I'm not sure which I like better: The sight of a head unfolding to depict the act of dreaming or the "End of Ze World"-inspired narration.

Either way, I hope he wins.

Adam Clark Estes

Adam Clark Estes blogs the news for Salon. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @adamclarkestes

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