It’s always a great thing when a video essay becomes an entertaining film in its own right. It’s always an interesting thing when you get a bit of insight into where filmmakers get their inspiration from, especially when that filmmaker is someone like Brian De Palma, a fellow with films like CarrieScarface and The Untouchables to his name. It’s always a remarkable thing when the greatest film-related website in the world decides to share a great video essay with its readers.

This comparison variety of video essay ought to be taken with a grain of salt, as direct influence is often hard to pinpoint, but De Palma’s work next to aesthetically similar work from the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock, is always worth a gander, especially when it’s as charming and engaging as it is here. The clip comes courtesty of prolific video essayist Peet Gelderblom, who actually seems to have a bit of a thing for De Palma, judging from the rest of his channel.

Click play, learn, or don’t learn, but remember that life’s too short not to enjoy enjoyable video essays about focus on Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma.