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Tired of Elevator Music? How About Elevator Movie?

10 July 2009 11:30 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

I wish I found out about this sooner, but the recently opened New York chapter of the Standard Hotel has installed this amazing video art in their elevator. As guests go up and down floors, they'll see this collage of video clips meant to depict the ascension from Hell to Heaven, or the other way around, if you're going to the lobby.


The project is titled Civilization, put together by artist Marco Brambilla (director of Demolition Man and Excess Baggage) and design studio Crush. It's comprised of close to 500 looping pop culture clips, many of them popular and classic movies. Can you identify them all?

There's Ghostbusters, 300, Superman 2, The Seven Year Itch, The Fall, Sin City, Rent, Scarface, Enchanted, The Lord of the Rings, Zardoz, Planet Terror, Close Encounters of the Third Kind... It goes on and on! Crazy stuff.

To see more details, watch it in high-definition here. »

- Arya Ponto

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Watch this: From Hell to Heaven all in an elevator ride

5 July 2009 2:46 PM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

One of my pals emailed me today about an interesting video mural that's installed in the elevator of the Standard Hotel in New York City. Displayed through the glass wall inside the elevator is a surreal, short film created by director Marco Brambilla, the guy that gave us the cheesy '90s flicks Demolition Man and Excess Baggage and then fell off of Hollywood's radar. Brambilla was asked by the owner of the Standard Hotel to think up a film that the elevator passengers could watch while going up or down. Given complete autonomy to dream up whatever he liked, Brambilla came up with "Civilization", a three-minute video showing a journey from Hell to Heaven -- or, if you're headed from a top floor down, Heaven to Hell -- using clips from hundreds of Hollywood movies over the years. The end product is fascinating, trippy, mesmerizing and I would imagine »

- Patrick Sauriol

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