/ Best film opening scenes
The Italian job... End of thread
I could wind you up by asking original or remake?
* not a real dog, obviously.
What is the opening scene of The Italian Job? Most people remember the ending.
I'm going to say Cliffhanger, by the way. Seriously. It takes you by surprise with a bit of a shocker, the first time you see it, and it is SUPERBLY shot. Ignore the "bolt gun" that is only used at the top of the mountain to, er, attach the helicopter...
Opening of Planet Terror, with Rose McGowan pole dancing?
It is a great opening scene, buckle slowly undoing...
Cutter's Way' Slow motion of a girl dancing at a fiesta; haunting Jack Nitzsche music, possibly zither and glass harmonica.
A very shallow but amazingly well made film..Saving private Ryan..Has a great opening sequence.
Jackie Brown opening scene with Pan Briars, Mmm! And the 'Across 110 street' soundtrack..Bobby Womack.
Once Upon a Time in the West.
the film is full of iconic scenes.
the attack on the beach village is my fav scene in any film,uber genius
> Which one?
You are clearly taking the piss and I will not dignify your post by answering it.
With flight of the valkyries blasting from the speakers. This film has so many iconic scenes.
Sorry, couldn't resist it.
We have a winner...
> We have a winner...
Or do we? Being eaten by a shark in Jaws could also be a contender.
No. A drug induced mindf*ck beats them all.
the first 15 minutes of skyfall was great unfortunately the rest of the film was absolute sh1t
> the first 15 minutes of skyfall was great unfortunately the rest of the film was absolute sh1t
No. Just no!
And in the name of the father.
Tho apocalypse now is my favourite film, that first scene i dont think is all that special.
Do women have wings now?
Is it 'Snake-eyes' that has an opening sequence that's one shot, lasting for 15 minutes or something like that? Not the best ever, but pretty slick
It is. It's closer to 20 minutes and is actually about three shots with some devious little editing tricks - stunning bit of choreography regardless. The director, Brian DePalma, is (in)famous for ambitiously complex and (in storytelling terms) utterly pointless long camera shots and he pulled out all the stops there. His opening scene for The Bonfire of the Vanities is an overlooked one.
You just reminded me by the way: Strange Days. About 4 minutes of frantic action all shot from the point of view of one character, seems like a single shot but again cleverly edited. It is so frenetic, when I saw it at the cinema, in the front row, I thought I was going to hurt my neck ;-)
Savior has an impactful opening scene.
But are we looking for IMPACT, or "best"? Some of the best can be subtle, or at least "non-showy", I reckon (someone already mentioned Once Upon A Time in the West, a good call)
I think the longest shot in films is the 17 minute one in "Hunger" where Bobby Sands is talking to his priest.
The opening scene of Inglorious Basterds? The rest of the film is fairly unmemorable (in fact I can't remember anything of the rest of it) but the tension in the opening scene in the french farm house has stayed with me.
Easily the best and most enthralling opening scene I've seen (check the homophone!), is 'Manhattan'.
Woody Allen getting all studious and wrapped up in trying to find the right opening lines ("Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat. Oh, I love this! New York was his town, and it always would be..."),
...and then we're off into stupendous montage shots of Manhattan city-scapes serenaded by wonderful blasts of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue'.
The first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan is, in my opinion, one of the most poignent war film scenes I've ever watched. It made me realise how lucky I was not to have been born at a time when I couild have been conscripted into the forces to face that sort of hell.
There were some chavs making a row in the back of the stalls when the film started, by the end of that scene you could have heard a pin drop.
There are entire films that are a single shot. I guess you mean "longest moving shot" (as the camera very slowly zooms in on that scene, which is more like 10-11 mins, not 17) but even then, Russian Ark (which I have not seen, to my chagrin) "beats" it...if this is a competition :-)
Speaking of 17 minutes, does the whole first 17 mins of "There Will Be Blood" count as an "opening scene"? If so, well I might just nominate it.
Or The Player.
Oh there are loads.
> A very shallow but amazingly well made film..Saving private Ryan..Has a great opening sequence.
I can't remember if it's the actual opening shot but the camera swooping over and around the car travelling up to the Overlook Hotel in The Shining always impresses me. Also - again a long time since I've seen it but I seem to remember a long opening sequence in Le Samourai where it feels like you're about ten minutes in before the first word of dialogue.
Mission Impossible 2's was great climbing scene, shame the rest of the film was CR*P
The first 5 minutes of Gladiator:
And Gregory's Girl too ;)
Laurence of arabia.
> Laurence of arabia.
Really? An overhead shot of a man polishing his motorbike is a "Best Opening Scene"?
The first 10 minutes of Cliffhanger, no comment about the rest !
You didn't find the scene in the bar at all tense?
Doh, doh, I was thinking of making an entrance and the scene with Omar Sharif.
Aguirre the wrath of god .
"Hey Mister! You forgot your b..." KABOOOOOM!
Opening scene of Sexy Beast, The Stranglers playing Peaches and a lardy Ray Winstone sunbathing in budgie smugglers.
> Aguirre the wrath of god .
And pretty much everything you see in that film was actually happening, no trickery - the shots with the rafts in that raging river are bloody terrifying
> "Did you bring a horse for me?......"
...and he ain't talking Tesco's beef sandwiches either.......
Not so much opening SCENES, but opening SHOTS:
And similarly one of the Trek TNG films - possibly First Contact - with the zoom-out from (inside?) Picard's eye when he is assimilated into a Borg spacecraft and the zoom-out just goes on and on.
Wasn't the whole of the start of Touch of evil revolutionary in that it was all filmed with one moving camera?Which travelled from a close up of the guy planting the bomb panning out then sweeping up high and across the street to eventually meet Vargas and Janet Leigh before following them along the street right up to the bomb blast.
Its one of those old film noir's that i love.
Lost in Translation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WItDXIyh1g4&feature=player_embedded#!
Life of Brian
Assault on Precinct 13
The Good, The Bad...
Thanks ! Not sure that it was "revolutionary" but certainly impressive. And that's another film I can add to "classics that you've never seen" :-/
Off the back of this thread, I watched some youtube clips and yes, but not as memorable as Christopher Waltz changing languages.
1. A Clockwork Orange
2. Apocalypse Now
4. Citizen Kane
The Blues Brothers
Bit obscure and I am cheating a bit (the very first scene in the computer control room is terrible), but "So Close" might be a winner.
Oh..just checked, I am cheating too much, the lame first scene is about 3 minutes long. Have it anyway
and as compensation, Unleashed:
sorry can't find a good clip, ,this will have to do
The Wild Bunch
No one mentioned X-men 2 yet?
I won't call it a contender for "best", quite, but just a striking one that I happened to see recently.
Richard III (the Ian McKellen adaptation from 1995).
Rumble. Crush. Wall. Tank. Gas mask. Assassination. Boom!
The opening drill scene in A Few Good Men,was impressive.
The nightclub scene at the start of Blade is petty good with New Order playing and blood coming from the ceiling, cool.
Have we had the opening sequence of Master and Commander.. yet?
I thought the UKC pervs would have been all over Lost In Translation...
Raiders of the Lost Ark!
Sleepless in Seattle-
The first shot is at the cemetery.
Then the camera rises
and you see the city with the buildings for tombstones
and understand that all the world is a cemetery.
Laugh even more, but the opening shots of "The Sound of Music" will always do it for me.
> Easily the best and most enthralling opening scene I've seen (check the homophone!), is 'Manhattan'.
> Woody Allen getting all studious and wrapped up in trying to find the right opening lines ("Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat. Oh, I love this! New York was his town, and it always would be..."),
> ...and then we're off into stupendous montage shots of Manhattan city-scapes serenaded by wonderful blasts of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue'.
The first 15 odd minutes of Silence of the Lambs is wonderfully put together - great momentum.
And the first 15 seconds of Mean Streets is awesome - Martin Scorcese's staccato voiceover (You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it) followed by the glorious intro to "Be My Baby"
> It is. It's closer to 20 minutes and is actually about three shots with some devious little editing tricks - stunning bit of choreography regardless. The director, Brian DePalma, is (in)famous for ambitiously complex and (in storytelling terms) utterly pointless long camera shots and he pulled out all the stops there. His opening scene for The Bonfire of the Vanities is an overlooked one.
> You just reminded me by the way: Strange Days. About 4 minutes of frantic action all shot from the point of view of one character, seems like a single shot but again cleverly edited. It is so frenetic, when I saw it at the cinema, in the front row, I thought I was going to hurt my neck ;-)
The Sound of Music??
I'll get me coat!!
I haven't seen it for a VERY long time but I don't need to click your link to say with conviction "good call" :-)
> Laugh even more, but the opening shots of "The Sound of Music" will always do it for me.
At last somebody admitted it, they are tremendous.
I like the start of Pulp Fiction too.
Once upon a time in the West.
When the camera pans round to show tht the killer of the children is..............Henry Fonda.
>The opening shots of "The Sound of Music" will always do it for me.
>At last somebody admitted it, they are tremendous
Cheers Al - we stand together among the Phiistines!
Pirates 2: Stagnetti's Revenge, with Jesse Jane.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned
Kung Fu Panda
There is no charge for awesomeness...
Yes, it's a cartoon, but it is a classic of the genre - I think, anyway - and it does have some very good "cinematography"
And nowadays, even real films with real actors have a lot of CGI. Someone has already mentioned Star Wars in this thread, if that is allowed, then so is a "cartoon"...
On a more serious note
Kill Bill Vol 1
Gets me every time!
> Once upon a time in the West.
> When the camera pans round to show tht the killer of the children is..............Henry Fonda.
That's not the opening scene.
Agree, has to be Pulp Fiction!
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