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How have car chases changed and stayed the same over the past 100 years?

We love a good chase … and have always loved it!

What’s the best chase in movie history? The one you think of and who will blow your mind right away?

I think the one in the middle Ronin is maybe the most obvious to me. But also Bullit, journey, and the Matrix Reloaded Freeway scene. Oh, and maybe the instant classic Baby driver deserves a place near the top.

Since the invention of the automobile, people have worked to drive it. We want to see who can drive faster and crazier. And it’s no different in films. But in the last century of cinema, the chase has changed a lot.

And in a way … they stayed the same.

Check out this video from insiderand let’s talk after the jump.

How have car chases changed and stayed the same over the past 100 years?

I loved seeing older footage of car chases in movies. It really opened my eyes to some classics that I had never seen before. I was also impressed with the way they used rear projection to simulate car chases. One of the most famous is at the beginning of North by northwest, but rear projection, green and blue screens are still used today to some extent.

Where the tech got better is of course the CGI cars and also the addition of rubble and hazards. Fast and Furious did this a lot as the franchise moved on, away from “real car” stunts and towards scenes made on computers.

Still, those who dare to do things in a practical way will be rewarded. Chases seem timeless when they use real cars and real drivers. I mean, just ask Steven McQueen about it Le Mans.

The addition of stunt riders and the ability to shoot from more creative angles gave directors and filmmakers more freedom.

What are some of the coolest things you learned from the video? Let us know in the comments!

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