This side-by-side supercut from Tea and a Movie analyzes shots from Cary Fukunaga-directed Season 1 of True Detective. 

The reference to Tarkovsky's Ivan’s Childhood is a visual dead ringer. The others are pushing it.

Maybe the praised cinematographer Adam Arkapaw is alluding David Fincher’s Seven and Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs (among others). Or maybe there are only so many ways to shoot detectives slow-walking through rows of filing cabinets, opening doors and pointing guns. And the bending-down-to-look-at-the-body shot is a staple of Law and Order and every other crime show, in its less-than-cinematic, less measured and hazily-lit form.

It would be like saying True Detective's unbroken six-minute tracking shot is a reference to Russian Ark. It's just iconic cinematography on its own.

Here, geek out on literary allusions instead.

True Detective Season 2 starring Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch premieres Sunday, June 21st on HBO.