• 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.


  • By Aric V.
    February 05, 2010
    10:38 PM

    Was that John Malkovich doing a Herzog impression?
  • 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.
  • 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.