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Best Opening Titles/Sequence to a film

What is your favorite opening scene to a film? Something iconic or ominous that sets the tone to the entire film and hooks you from the very beginning.

I love the opening title sequence to Alien (1979). A slow letter fade-in of the film title with the backdrop of deep dark space and creepy music. Lets you know right away what you're in for.

by Anonymousreply 13309/24/2013

Not really classic BUT the opening shot of "Interview with a Vampire" is really cool: the slow tracking shot (I think that is what they call it) of San Fran.

by Anonymousreply 109/17/2013

Good subject, OP.

I'm always totally whacked-out over the beginning of the film "Contact" with Jodie whatever her name is.

To attempt to show the enormity of the Universe, the camera pulls out from Earth, past all the planets and moons in our solar system, past all sorts of nebulae and other galaxies and keeps going and going and going and going and until I'm as small and miserable about my role it than any Woody Allen joke.

by Anonymousreply 209/17/2013


Arlington Road

Batman Returns


by Anonymousreply 309/17/2013

Philadelphia with that John Mellencamp song depicting urban life in the city.

by Anonymousreply 409/17/2013

I love the opening to "Hairspray" showing all the dancers getting ready for Corny Collins.

by Anonymousreply 509/17/2013

Hitchcock has some great openings:


North by Northwest


The Birds

All different and all memorable.

by Anonymousreply 609/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 709/17/2013

Catch Me if You Can

by Anonymousreply 809/17/2013

The beginning of West Side Story with it's flyover of those areas of NYC that no longer exist. The neighborhoods where they danced were destroyed for the building of Lincoln Center and surrounding gentrification. It is a time capsule of a lost part of New York.

by Anonymousreply 909/17/2013

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. An unforgettable dream come true for the children of my generation!

by Anonymousreply 1009/17/2013

Oops, that's "Willy."

by Anonymousreply 1109/17/2013

Anatomy of a Murder


West Side Story

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

by Anonymousreply 1209/17/2013

The Dunwich Horror

by Anonymousreply 1309/17/2013

Touch of Evil Opening Shot... all one shot

by Anonymousreply 1409/17/2013

Another vote for Pyscho. Those lines and those violins set your nerves on edge and it never really lets up.

by Anonymousreply 1509/17/2013

It's a camp classic, but the faux-Saul Bass opening credits of LADY IN A CAGE really sets the hysterical, misanthropic tone of the film.

by Anonymousreply 1609/17/2013

The Saul Bass opening for "The Age of Innocence". Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 1709/17/2013

Kiss Me Deadly

by Anonymousreply 1809/17/2013

Fahrenheit 451 with the spoken credits and the closeups of the antennae, and that dreamy Bernard Herrmann music.

by Anonymousreply 1909/17/2013

Another one shot "Boogie Nights".

by Anonymousreply 2009/17/2013

Foxy Brown

by Anonymousreply 2109/17/2013

The Birdcage (American remake with Nathan Lane). Hated the movie, but that great opening with the zooming across the water towards the Miami strip and then seamlessly right in to the club.

by Anonymousreply 2209/17/2013

The huge one-take, no-edits opening for "The Player" is an all-time favorite.

by Anonymousreply 2309/17/2013

The opening of "Star Wars" was one of the best.

by Anonymousreply 2409/17/2013

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. We see a car pull into a driveway and someone gets out. We cut from the interior of the car to the exhaust pipe as it idles. We cut back to the inside of the car. We watch someone opening the gate. Back in the car we see someone slowly, methodically releasing the brake, pushing in the clutch, shifting the car into gear, and WHAMMO!

Love it.

The Car was a Duesenberg.

by Anonymousreply 2509/17/2013

The opening of The Sound of Music where the camera zooms in to Maria in the Alps and she sings the title song. The movie is downhill from there on... steepest decline after Maria weds the Captain, although still a pretty goof flick. But that first scene, the shot, cinematography, the Alps, and the best song in the score beautifully sung.

by Anonymousreply 2609/17/2013

As someone who read the Watchmen comics, I was very pleased with the film's opening credits. It told the sometimes tragic story of the pre-Watchmen group The Minutemen in a way that was very familiar to the comic readers yet, and this I based on those I know who didn't read the comic, it was very intriguing and easy to understand for those who was not familiar with their story. Very well done.

by Anonymousreply 2709/17/2013

r26, about that opening sequence: it really was breathtaking, how Julie Andrews was able to run and sing and dance around without missing a note. My 10-yr old self found it eye-poppingly wonderful.

Then I read the Mad Magazone parody, (The $ound of Money) wherein it was revealed that she could do all those things because she was ... wait for it .. pre-recorded!

I never looked at another musical in quite the same away after that.

And it wasn't until years later that I got some of the jokes I missed the first time around, such as when Julie gleefully sings:

"With all these profits, Things will be fine! When we top "Fair Lady," Ven-geance... will... be... mine!"

by Anonymousreply 2809/17/2013

Julie has told the anecdote many times about how difficult filming the opening scene with her twirling around on that mountaintop was. The helicopter with the camera had a massive wind downdraft that would FLATTEN Julie every time it descended to get the close-up of her "twirl." She would wave up and signal that she could not stand up and they would just wave back! LOL. She said she ate a lot of dirt during that scene and that it took several takes!

by Anonymousreply 2909/17/2013

The introduction of the cast of THE WOMEN wherein each of them is likened to a different animal is a memorable indicator of the juicy bitch-fest that follows.

by Anonymousreply 3009/17/2013

The first 9 minutes of "Serenity" is amazingly well done... an info-dump to those not familiar with the Firefly series, yet still interesting for those who were. The transitions were great as well.

by Anonymousreply 3109/17/2013

A lot of the title sequences people like were done by Kyle Cooper who lived in my neighborhood as a kid, and graduated a year ahead of me in school. He was always into drawing, and art, but was a regular, rough and tumble, comic book collecting normal kid. I just discovered he's quite famous!

He designed all the video art for the Broadway Spiderman show too. I'm impressed.

by Anonymousreply 3209/17/2013

^Ever see him changing/showering after gym class?

by Anonymousreply 3309/17/2013

All oldies ; So many created by Saul Bass

West Side Story - Bass

Exodus - Bass

The Cardinal - Bass

To Kill a Mockingbird - Bass

Vertigo - Bass

Walk on the Wild Side - Bass

Looking for Mr. Goodbar -great photos and music,sets the tone for the movie to come.

North By Northwest - Bass

My Fair Lady



The Great Gatsby - Redford, Farrow version

The Group


Spartacus - Bass

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Bass

Psycho - Bass

Cleopatra - Elizabeth Taylor

The Graduate

by Anonymousreply 3409/17/2013

The opening credits for American Psycho when you think its blood, but like the film, nothing's what you think it was.

by Anonymousreply 3509/17/2013

Manhattan and Saturday Night Fever - two films about living in very different parts of New York in the 1970's.

by Anonymousreply 3609/17/2013

The Pink Panther

The Spy Who Loved Me

Catch Me If You Can


Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Lord Of War


by Anonymousreply 3709/17/2013

Sunset Boulevard.

by Anonymousreply 3809/17/2013

Ed Wood

by Anonymousreply 3909/17/2013

The opening for You've Got Mail where the camera zooms in from space and gets closer and closer to NYC, finally ending up at a single house.

Of course now you can do it yourself with a single click on Google Earth, but back then it was pretty amazing.

by Anonymousreply 4009/17/2013

Best ever?


Orson Welles at his craziest and most brilliant, with a 3+ minute tracking shot that sets everything and includes a bomb explosion and Charlton Heston as a Mexican.

by Anonymousreply 4109/17/2013

"The Palm Beach Story" where the credits are listed over a crazy film sequence (silent, except for the "William tell overture") that seems impossible and makes absolutely no sense--until the final three seconds of the movie, where it's explained very simply!

by Anonymousreply 4209/17/2013

The opening sequence for the James Bond films was good enough to use over and over for 30+ years.

by Anonymousreply 4309/17/2013

Ridicule, where the protagonist visits the man who once ruined him, on his death bed, whips out his dick, full frontal, and pisses on the old miserable fucker, who then dies.

It should be required DL viewing.

by Anonymousreply 4409/17/2013

Mommie Dearest

by Anonymousreply 4509/17/2013

Opening titles. How 20th Century. Now we just get 6 to 8 production company logos and no other credits until the end of the film.

by Anonymousreply 4609/17/2013

The Stunt Man.

by Anonymousreply 4709/17/2013

I think it's generally agreed that, despite what some would call flaws, Lucy's MAME had one of the most artistically brilliant opening credit montages ever.

by Anonymousreply 4809/17/2013

The first ten or fifteen minutes of PURPLE RAIN are just awesome.

by Anonymousreply 4909/17/2013

[quote]The opening credits for American Psycho when you think its blood, but like the film, nothing's what you think it was.

Never saw this movie. But wow, that sounds very interesting. Unfortunately, I never saw it. Ever.

by Anonymousreply 5009/17/2013

[quote]The Stunt Man.

It's been too long for me. Can you remind me what the title sequence for this film is again?

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by Anonymousreply 5209/17/2013

Casino Royale took the traditional Maurice Binder Bond opening title sequence and made it better.

by Anonymousreply 5309/17/2013

Raising Arizona owns this thread. I remember seeing it in the theater and secretly crying because I was so blown away by it.

by Anonymousreply 5409/17/2013

Hitchcock's titles for I Confess are tooooo creepy.

by Anonymousreply 5509/17/2013

r52 and the DL sequel Grease FIRE!

by Anonymousreply 5609/17/2013

The Fan with Betty Bacall with the typewriter and Michael Biehn crazy voiceover and the typewriter keys striking like blades

by Anonymousreply 5709/17/2013

2001: A Space Odyssey

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by Anonymousreply 5909/17/2013

Here's a great recent one: "An Education," with the terrific instrumental song "On the Rebound" by Floyd Cramer as the perfect accompaniment.

by Anonymousreply 6009/17/2013

"Monty Python And The Holy Grail" is the winner. Hands-down.

by Anonymousreply 6109/17/2013

For me its got to be SINS the TV film with Joan Collins and a gaggle of second rate actors in a multitude of implausible situations.

The opening scene scans the Eifel Tower top to bottom, the camera then pans out to a full lingering shot of the tower. Then the letters PARIS appear on the screen.

In just a few seconds it was clear we were in for many delicious hours of hysteria and pointed bitchery.

by Anonymousreply 6209/17/2013

To add to the aforementioned "Touch of Evil," and "Casino Royale" (1967), "Monty Python And The Holy Grail":

"Love in the Afternoon"

"Paris Blues"

"Life of Brian"

"Midnight In Paris"

by Anonymousreply 6309/17/2013

Quick. Put on yer caftans and get ready for...

by Anonymousreply 6409/17/2013

"Sex & The City : The Movie". I liked the little intro sue me.

by Anonymousreply 6509/17/2013

Campy as fuck, but BYE-BYE BIRDIE!!!

by Anonymousreply 6609/17/2013

In The Name Of The Father - excellent soundtrack and lots of rioting and petrol bombs in the Troubles.

The Player - another long, one shot opening, similar to A Touch Of Evil.

The Untouchables - just a great build up with Ennio Morricone's score.

by Anonymousreply 6709/18/2013

"Boys In The Band"

"Blue Collar"

"The Shining"

"Apocalypse Now"

by Anonymousreply 6809/18/2013

r66 wins. Hands down.

by Anonymousreply 6909/18/2013

My all-time favorite opening sequence is from Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers - first we see this beautiful and innocent shot of the mountains, but then the camera suddenly zooms in through the mountain where we see Gandalf fighting that flaming bitch Balrog.

I also like the opening scene of Carrie, where we see those girls showering in slow motion, accompanied by Pino Donaggio's dreamy score.

by Anonymousreply 7009/18/2013

The opening of "The Letter" with Bette Davis is perfect. You really want to know what led her to commit that murder.

by Anonymousreply 7109/18/2013

Jaws, where Chrissy takes a moonlight swim.

by Anonymousreply 7209/18/2013

I know a lot of people hate that movie, but Coppola's Dracula has one of the best opening sequences ever, with some stunning imagery.

by Anonymousreply 7309/18/2013

I always have loved the animated opening to "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World", where the stars names battle for top billing.

by Anonymousreply 7409/18/2013

The Court Jester

by Anonymousreply 7509/18/2013

R48, I also thought of MAME. It's interesting to note that some very bad movies have great opening title sequences; another example is SOUTH PACIFIC.

OP, I wish you would have made a clearer distinction between opening title sequences and the first scenes of a movie, which are not the same thing.

One of my favorite opening title sequences is one of the simplest: THE WIZARD OF OZ. It's just the credits (in that beautiful font) over a pan across a cloudy sky, but the cloudy sky prefigures the cyclone in a subtle but very effective way. The first 15 seconds of the movie is the best-ever version of the M-G-M trademark with the roaring lion, because of the magnificent arrangement of the music that accompanies it. (It's actually Glinda's theme in a stunning, full-orchestra arrangement that makes it sound like Wagner or Strauss might have written it.) The music, and the arrangement of the music, under the entire credits sequence is equally stunning, and I love the way they use the female chorus. Really great stuff.

by Anonymousreply 7609/18/2013

[quote]One of my favorite opening title sequences is one of the simplest: THE WIZARD OF OZ. It's just the credits (in that beautiful font) over a pan across a cloudy sky, but the cloudy sky prefigures the cyclone in a subtle but very effective way. The first 15 seconds of the movie is the best-ever version of the M-G-M trademark with the roaring lion, because of the magnificent arrangement of the music that accompanies it. (It's actually Glinda's theme in a stunning, full-orchestra arrangement that makes it sound like Wagner or Strauss might have written it.) The music, and the arrangement of the music, under the entire credits sequence is equally stunning, and I love the way they use the female chorus. Really great stuff

I agree. And that music over the credits is always used as the overture in the stage version too. It is a classic..

by Anonymousreply 7709/18/2013

love actually

by Anonymousreply 7809/18/2013

Overture from "Dancer in the Dark"

by Anonymousreply 7909/18/2013

A Hard Day's Night

by Anonymousreply 8009/18/2013

Superman: The Movie (1978), with the titles flying at you from space, over John Williams' majestic fanfare. More of a grand overture than a title sequence. And really something to see on the big screen.

by Anonymousreply 8109/18/2013

r76, I totally agree. I’ve seen this film so many times since childhood and to this day there’s something about the opening credits orchestration and the way he goes back to Glinda’s theme (never thought of that – great ear) at the end after that glorious B&W close up of Dorothy saying the immortal lines “There’s no place like home” touches my heart to this day.

by Anonymousreply 8209/18/2013

R82, I never realized the first music you hear in THE WIZARD OF OZ -- and, as you point out, the last music you hear before the end credits -- was Glinda's theme until I read it somewhere.

The melody is definitely Glinda's theme. But for the main title and end title sequences, it's transformed harmonically and orchestrated with such power (aside from being played at a much slower, majestic tempo) that I never would have recognized it unless someone told me.

At any rate, there's something about that music the way it's presented at the very start of the film, under the MGM lion roaring, that still really gets to me every time I hear it, even though I'm sure I've heard it hundreds of times. Maybe that's partly because of early childhood memories of watching the movie, but I think that's largely because it's scored so brilliantly -- very powerful and grand, but also a little frightening because of the dissonances.

by Anonymousreply 8309/18/2013

The opening credits in "Panic Room" are very cool. My favorite opening sequence of any film is the beginning of "Poltergeist" using the Star Spangled Banner.

by Anonymousreply 8409/18/2013

"Written on the Wind" is just about perfect.

by Anonymousreply 8509/18/2013

Many people are putting opening "scenes", not opening "titles".

by Anonymousreply 8609/18/2013

R82, R83-Instrumental opening for THE WIZARD OF OZ. I tried to find a decent movie clip but had to settle for this overture from the London cast Recording of the musical. It's still pretty awesome.

by Anonymousreply 8709/18/2013

[quote]The Player - another long, one shot opening, similar to A Touch Of Evil.

IIRC one of the characters references A Touch of Evil in the opening to demonstrate how much better film were with longer takes and no "MTV-style" editing. Such a great opening.

by Anonymousreply 8809/18/2013

A few other films with great opening-title sequences, in no particular order: GONE WITH THE WIND (for the title sweeping across the screen in huge letters), GHOST (very creepy and somehow sad, but you don't realize exactly what you're seeing until the sequence ends), DAMN YANKEES (really fun animation), MARY POPPINS (the slow pan over that gorgeous painting of London), BEN-HUR (the very slow pullback from a close-up of "The Creation of Adam" from Michelangelo's fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel).

In all of these cases, the music contributes greatly to making the main title sequences so successful and perfectly setting the mood for each film.

by Anonymousreply 8909/18/2013

Gone With the Wind - the HUGE letters that sweep across the screen. Very MARY!

Casino - the blazing, kaliedescopic neon over the Operatic score

Manhattan - NYC never looked more beautiful

Eyes Wide Shut - the shocking cut to a black gown sliding off Nicole Kidman's statuesque backside

Days of Heaven - "Carnival of the Animals" plays over wonderfully edited vintage photographs.

Heathers - the color coordinated croquet match

Howards End - Vanessa Redgrave wandering through her yard just after the sun has set, a perfect encapsulation of the entire film

by Anonymousreply 9009/18/2013

R87, there are several different versions of THE WIZARD OF OZ main title music easily accessible on YouTube. Here's one.

by Anonymousreply 9109/18/2013

R89- unfortunately when GONE WITH THE WIND was released in "Full Screen Splendor" with 70MM and Full Stereophonic Sound in 1967, the sweeping GWTW titles were replaced with a stationary title card that did not sweep across the screen. I saw it when I was 17 right at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. This movie should never have been blown up for 70MM, the ratio was all wrong as the movie was originally shot in standard flat screen. Also, there was grain on the film image the size of golf balls and Clark Gable's head was cropped out whenever there was a scene where he was standing... guess M-G-M wanted to cash in on the 70MM process which could be stunning (THE SOUND OF MUSIC, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, CLEOPATRA etc) for films from the 50's and 60's that were shot in the process. However, this 1967 re-release was successful in reserved seat engagements world wide. Fortunately, when GWTW was issued in general release, M-G-M wisely used the original film ratio and that is how all other theatrical and home video releases has been.

by Anonymousreply 9209/18/2013

Another vote for DAYS OF HEAVEN, a movie and soundtrack I adore. I know, I know... a big MARY!

by Anonymousreply 9309/18/2013

r92, I saw a re-release of Gone With the Wind in 70mm widescreen at the UA Cinema 150 in Syosset, NY, curved screen and everything (not in 1967, though, more like 1973) and I was terribly disappointed in the poor presentation. It was grainy and out of focus, with heads and feet cut off. A bad first impression for the first time seeing it.

Luckily, I saw a restored version at Radio City Music Hall about a dozen years later in the proper aspect ratio and in a word, wow!

by Anonymousreply 9409/18/2013

The Sound of Music titles, absolutely. It's even better on the big screen, just breathtaking.

by Anonymousreply 9509/18/2013

How about Rocky -- big, GWTW letters scrolling across the screen to Bill Conti's big Oscar-nominated trumpets...

by Anonymousreply 9609/18/2013

Cotton Club

by Anonymousreply 9709/18/2013


The Stuntman's opening title sequence starts with a crow flying overhead and Steve Railsback, escaping the police, handcuffed and running. Lots of intricate fast paced slapstick-like jumps and falls, near collisions. He sees a Duesenberg drive off a bridge into the water, keeps running till he gets to a beach full of people where he feels safer and slows down. He looks down to the beach below where there is a war tableau, then huge explosions, maimed soldiers, blood and complete carnage. Then everyone on the beach begins to scream.

It is a great film about illusion vs. reality in movies, paranoia vs. the sadism of film directors, the romantic politics of art, and movie stunts. Stars Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey and Steve Railsback.

I could have explained the opening better, but I think the underscoring music will remind you.

by Anonymousreply 9809/18/2013

R94- [quote]I saw a re-release of Gone With the Wind in 70mm widescreen at the UA Cinema 150 in Syosset, NY, curved screen and everything (not in 1967, though, more like 1973) and I was terribly disappointed in the poor presentation. It was grainy and out of focus, with heads and feet cut off. A bad first impression for the first time seeing it.

Ain't that the truth? I first saw GWTW in 1961 when it was presented and framed properly. I was 10 at the time and I thought it was one of the best movies this little kid had ever seen, next to THE WIZARD OF OZ of course. Had I seen it for the first time as you did in 70MM, I would have had the same reaction.

The only good thing to come oout of that 1967 release, the souvenir program that they sold in the lobby and the 1967 poster art work that has become so iconic.

by Anonymousreply 9909/18/2013

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?

by Anonymousreply 10009/18/2013

Thanks, R98!

by Anonymousreply 10109/18/2013

- Barbarella - Last Year at Marienbad

by Anonymousreply 10209/18/2013

The Matrix! Carrie Ann Moss rocked the shit out of this role

by Anonymousreply 10309/18/2013

I hate that '67 GWTW artwork, r99! I think it makes it look like a pulpy, trashy romance novel, and I think in the longterm (since it was used for new paperback editions and home video releases at least through the '90s), it contributed to downgrading the book and film's reputation to being thought of as just a sort of high-toned romance novel/soap opera.

by Anonymousreply 10409/18/2013

Obviously the music for the WIZARD OF OZ credits is great, but I think you're all letting your feelings about the rest of the movie cloud your judgment if you're arguing that it's a great opening titles sequence - visually it's completely blah.

by Anonymousreply 10509/18/2013

Star Wars. I still remember how exciting that was in the theater.

by Anonymousreply 10609/18/2013

Cabaret. Great intro, song-Wilkommen. Really sets the tone for the movie, introduces the main leads, pulls the audience into the films world, it's atmosphere etc

by Anonymousreply 10709/18/2013

G_O_N_E_ W_I_T_H_ T_H_E_ W_I_N_D_

by Anonymousreply 10809/18/2013

I do see your point R104. Others have said the same thing. I have a book on the history of the movie and it has the various poster art through the years. I admit that I do like the more toned down poster image of Leigh and Gable for the 50's and 1961 re-releases. I think the blazing hot burned orange one created for 1967 was the studio's attempt to sell this classic in 'an exciting screen format' like never seen before. Did they need this? No, as the reissue would have been a success anyway they sell it. Which it was. Larger cities reserved seat engagements lasted for a year. And then there was the long general release no reserved seat runs that began around Thanksgiving 1968.

by Anonymousreply 10909/18/2013

Carrie, for sure.

I also like the opening sequence of Fargo quite a bit: a lone Buick cruising along a wintry highway. The accompanying score is appropriately eerie and dramatic.

by Anonymousreply 11009/18/2013

To Kill a Mockingbird - ahead of its time

by Anonymousreply 11109/18/2013

& Dr. Strangelove

by Anonymousreply 11209/18/2013

R104- That 1967 art work is also on cover of the blu ray release box set. It's not used for the standard or no frills blu ray set. I once had the original GWTW press book from 1939. It was probably worth something... can't believe I got rid of it... found it in the basement of the old Landers Theatre in downtown Springfield, Mo which was being converted from a movie theatre to a legitimate venue for plays and musicals.

by Anonymousreply 11309/18/2013

Ugh, r113, I had no idea that GWTW artwork was still being used to this day! I sort of thought it had been retired, for both the book and the movie, since the '98 re-release.

I hate how it has it has Scarlett's dressing gown almost falling off her huge tits (much bigger than Vivien Leigh's) with erect nipples! And her bare leg poking out through the skirt. I hate the whole '60s poster trends of having female characters from period pieces showing all this skin that's completely period inappropriate. Even Mary Poppins appeared on the poster showing off her bare legs with no petticoats or bloomers, which I think would have marked her as a complete whore in 1910!

by Anonymousreply 11409/18/2013

West Side Story hands down followed by Kill A Mockingbird and the last James Bond movie.

by Anonymousreply 11509/18/2013

The opening to Norman Lear's COLD TURKEY, in which a dog strolls through the streets of the small town where the story is set, is a memorable beginning to a movie that is oddly overlooked and forgotten.

The credits start at 3;25 with a close-up of Bob Newhart's maniacal grin.

by Anonymousreply 11609/18/2013

Best film opening?

Not sure.

Now, best TV show opening -- THAT I can answer.

by Anonymousreply 11709/18/2013

Ruthless People's animated titles over Mick Jagger's vocals.

by Anonymousreply 11809/19/2013

kcguy, r94 here. Good to see you posting again!

by Anonymousreply 11909/19/2013

What a great thread, so many terrific (and favorite) examples.

Here's one. Beautiful montage by Wayne Fitzgerald and gorgeous music by Michael Kamen, perfectly evoking the decency and humanity at stake during the film:

by Anonymousreply 12009/19/2013

Mulholland Drive -- amazing opening because it was upbeat, mysterious, fun, scary, weird, and you could dance to it.

by Anonymousreply 12109/19/2013

Yes, is it the credits or the opening scenes...? Or does it matter?

by Anonymousreply 12209/19/2013

Another great, minimalist work from Saul Bass, "Carmen Jones": a drawing of a single rose engulfed in red flames, as the Carmen prelude plays on the soundtrack. Striking in it's simplicity, it perfectly sums up Carmen (Fox, damn them, had the video pulled from Youtube, but here's a still).

by Anonymousreply 12309/19/2013

I know we're talking movies, but the opening on Wild, Wild West fascinated me as a kid. If you recall there were a series of boxes filled with generic animation, and every time there was a commercial break they would fill in one of the boxes with a drawing from the episode.

by Anonymousreply 12409/19/2013

My Favorite Opening Titles/Film Sequences:

Bye Bye Birdie

Casino Royale

Chasing Amy

The First Wives Club

My Best Friend's Wedding

Cat Ballou

by Anonymousreply 12509/19/2013

Rocky Horror Picture Show

by Anonymousreply 12609/19/2013

[quote]Star Wars. I still remember how exciting that was in the theater.

It was exciting because it did away with opening titles and jumped right into the action. This is common now, but it was not in 1977.

by Anonymousreply 12709/19/2013

^ And that BANG of the title just appearing with that blare of the John Williams music. Stunning way to start it all.

by Anonymousreply 12809/19/2013

"Obviously the music for the WIZARD OF OZ credits is great, but I think you're all letting your feelings about the rest of the movie cloud your judgment if you're arguing that it's a great opening titles sequence - visually it's completely blah."

As I said, it's a very simple opening, but I totally disagree that it's "blah." The music is so great that it turns the whole sequence into art, but I do think the simple pan over those threatening clouds is wonderfully evocative and sets the tone perfectly. P.S. For the full effect, you really have to see it on the big screen.

OP asked for the "best" opening title sequences, which is not NECESSARILY the same as the "most technically elaborate" or even the "most creative." Someone else cited the CARMEN JONES main title sequence, and I agree -- very simple, but very effective.

by Anonymousreply 12909/19/2013

The 1978 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" intro is epic... showing the space seeds, falling to earth with the rain, germinating, and setting the stage for the whole movie. It's a great credits sequence.

by Anonymousreply 13009/24/2013

I always loved the opening to "American Graffiti"; the radio that leads into "Rock Around the Clock", Mel's Drive In silhouetted against the night sky, the film's title in bright neon lights, the main characters arriving one by one. It was all so perfect.

by Anonymousreply 13109/24/2013

Footloose The Talented Mr. Ripley

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