• Television technology now ensures that you can see action on the football field from every possible vantage point, but you’ve never seen the Super Bowl from the fresh auteurist angles proposed in this delightful new short from Slate’s video site, SlateV.com. Written, produced, and edited by Andrew Bouvé, the video muses, “What would it look like if famous filmmakers ‘directed’ the Super Bowl?” The possibilities are endless, but the five directors imitated here are Quentin Tarantino (a visceral study of life in cartoon motion), David Lynch (think disembodied cackling and images running in reverse), Wes Anderson (yellow-tinged storybook flourish, set to the Kinks), Jean-Luc Godard (black-and-white, vaguely New Wave–y, starring . . . Kirk Douglas?), and, our favorite, Werner Herzog, whose Grizzly Man narration turns the sport into nature footage, with such commentary as “In all the faces of all the Bears I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy” and “What looks playful could be desperation.” Check it out, play by play, below.

9 comments

  • By John
    February 05, 2010
    07:07 PM

    My favorite was Godard. Kirk Douglas checking out the players...classic.
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  • By Aric V.
    February 05, 2010
    10:38 PM

    Was that John Malkovich doing a Herzog impression?
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  • By CinemaMishmash
    February 07, 2010
    03:49 PM

    The Herzog segment is a riot. And I think I'd actually want to watch a Wes Anderson Super Bowl.
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  • By danny
    February 08, 2010
    07:15 PM

    i think i like the herzog one best, especially because that clip from grizzly man works so well, but the godard one was also brilliant.
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  • By Mark
    February 09, 2010
    07:09 AM

    The Herzog segment is genius.
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  • By John
    February 11, 2010
    11:01 AM

    OK, others? What would a Scorsese Super Bowl look like? Or a Kurosawa or Bergman? Or for that matter an Oliver Stone? Oh wait, he already did one.
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  • By Jake
    May 03, 2011
    10:33 AM

    That Wes Anderson one if awful. Just badly done, with only the slightest similarity to an Anderson film. But the Godard, Lynch, and Herzog ones were hilarious. Also, the Tarantino one was pretty badly done as well.
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  • By Moviefan777
    April 06, 2013
    10:06 AM

    My personal review for each segment: Tarantino - just sets the video off on a terrible note as it is a parody of Kill Bill without the smart dialogue or the gloriously messed up storyline. Lynch- hilarious and it actually reminded of an actual David Lynch movie because of its nightmare fuel. Anderson- a mix-bag because though it "bears" slight resemblance to an Anderson film, it's not enjoyable quirky but more of awkwardly quirky. Godard- it puts the line out of context but it is too funny with Kirk Douglas comparing the athletes for me to condemn. Herzog- easily the best one of the group with its humor and resemblance to Herzog's work.My ratings: 1. * 1/2 2. *** 1/2 3. ** 4. *** 5. ****
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  • By Fred Beukema
    June 05, 2014
    11:16 AM

    Hard to effectively parody Wes Anderson without level, symmetrical framing and all action happening parallel or perpendicular to the screen.
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