You get some popcorn and press "play." As the film is rolling, you suddenly realize that particular shot… you’ve seen it somewhere before. Call it déjà vu or a glitch in the matrix, but what if sometimes, it’s actually true?

This Twitter thread initiated by @THECOCODIARY compiled some of the most interesting examples of artistic references spotted in movies—from cult films that bear a striking resemblance to the surreal paintings of Rene Magritte, to Lars von Trier’s scene from Melancholia looking as if was taken from the iconic painting by John Everett Millais, Ophelia.

The thread has since gone viral with 133.9k likes and 36.8k retweets, and Bored Panda reached out to its author Coco, who said it started with a post she saw last year about The Lighthouse and its art references. “I started doing research to see if other movies had references too. And I found a lot, a lot of movies and references. I didn’t want to keep this little discovery for myself, so I created this thread.”

Read the full interview below, and don’t forget to upvote your favorite references shared in the thread.

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giovanna
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2 months ago

Wow that's so evident

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Justin G
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2 months ago

Wow, the people look so similar!

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Sander
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2 months ago

That was a direct reference so it doesn't really count

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The author of the viral thread, Coco, said that she couldn’t believe the thread would blow up as much and as fast as it did. “The thread even appeared on my dearest friend’s timeline. I guess it’s the power of Twitter to make everything viral!”

When asked whether Coco thinks the references were coincidental or deliberate, she said that the ones inspired by René Magritte's and Vincent Van Gogh's paintings were probably done on purpose. “Throughout my research, I realized how much René Magritte inspired the cinema industry. I think also that some of them are simply coincidental, and aren’t they fascinating?”

Coco’s favorite references are the ones from The Truman Show and The Fifth Element. “It's just genius to choose Architecture au clair de lune by René Magritte for this scene with Jim Carrey going up the stairs.” Moreover, “Jean-Paul Gaultier for his spring/summer 1998 collection was fully inspired by Frida Kahlo’s unique style. And I’m convinced that he was inspired by her for Leeloo’s (Milla Jovovich’s character) costume.”

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Marcellus the Third
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2 months ago

This appears so regularly, in The End of Violence e.g. And Simpsons have it at least once.

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Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

Imagine on right is one of the best "trick of the eye" you'll ever encounter, IMHO.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange is one of the most memorable villains in movie history.

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Kaleb Prichard (MiraiKuma)
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2 months ago

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Penis: Giggity giggity goo!

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tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

Most of these scenes are influenced by art. This one is a flat out recreation.

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varwenea
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2 months ago

Go Truman! Gawd, I love when he left.

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Torchicachu
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2 months ago

this one is pretty good too

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Dana
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2 months ago

Reminds me of Hogwarts

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Some Cool Guy
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2 months ago

So painted boobs are out but statue boobs are ok?

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Soap
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2 months ago

oky but wheres the hairy goblin standing on top of her

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tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

Both beautiful images

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H Edwards
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2 months ago

Makes sense that Wolf Hall would have used paintings of Cromwell as inspiration

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Aragorn II Elessar
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2 months ago

HeY bP yOu MiSsEd CeNsOrInG tHe PaInTeD bOoB /S

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Kubu
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2 months ago

Bit stretched. Literally and figuratively.

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SirPatTheCat
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2 months ago

Kinda just seems like a dude laying in bed with a blanket...

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Aragorn II Elessar
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2 months ago

Only difference is I don’t think anyone in Inherent Vice is Jesus or a saint

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History Fan
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2 months ago

I'll never miss that ever again. Such an iconic movie...

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Evil Little Thing
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2 months ago

Literally part of the plot.

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Dana
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2 months ago

I totally forgot about the Hulk movie

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Amy Pattie
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2 months ago

Ophelia is such a classic painting to reference in shoots and movies.

KT Pinto
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2 months ago

Or just a classic scene in a Shakespearean play... I really don't see the movie as a reference to the painting specifically...

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Blue
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2 months ago

That movie sucked so so bad.

DDmaybeandor
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2 months ago

Makes me think of Anne of Green Gables.

Joeshar
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2 months ago

Where the Wild Roses Grow Song by Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave

Luther von Wolfen
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2 months ago

Nope. Both are references to "Hamlet".

Amy Pattie
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2 months ago

I don’t understand what you’re trying to say here.

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 months ago

genius movie--so beautiful

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Alexandru Bucur
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2 months ago

And in this case it was not only intentional it was meant as an ironic echo, considering the Japanese are about to invade...

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 months ago

This is a common recreation.

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Kaleb Prichard (MiraiKuma)
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2 months ago

Tehy did this on that 70's show as well! (I think)

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 months ago

God I hated those movies. So ineptly done.

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Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

A redhead with a cigarette.... Not feeling this one.

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Dana
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2 months ago

If any of you like musicals, Starkid, or the Van Gogh brothers, there is a musical called Starry. 10/10 highly recommended

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