/ Best film opening credits?

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woolsack - on 09 May 2013
Has to be the animations at the start of The Life of Brian?
sbc_10 - on 09 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:

"Once upon a time in the West"
...sheer directorial indulgence, but marvellous.
Pyreneenemec - on 09 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:


Blake Edwards' 'The Pink Panther' :which gave birth to the cutest cartoon character ever created !
Blue Straggler - on 09 May 2013
In reply to sbc_10:
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> "Once upon a time in the West"
> ...sheer directorial indulgence, but marvellous.

The actual CREDITS are nothing to write home about!

I assumed the OP was about credits graphics sequences, perhaps inspired by yesterday's Google doodle marking the 93rd anniversary of Saul Bass' birth.

Obviously lots of Saul Bass qualifies :-)
Blue Straggler - on 09 May 2013
sbc_10 - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:

Fair play...I was taking 'credits' to mean 'opening sequence'.

Ok then, how's about "The Thing".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSGz4P5rGPo
Rigid Raider - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:

The exploding jungle in Apocalypse Now, with The End as the background music. Absolutely crazy.
ice.solo - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:

nah. use headphones, turn this up loud and watch on as big a screen as possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRVMhh6ifgo
Quiddity - on 10 May 2013
In reply to ice.solo:

good call!
Blue Straggler - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Rigid Raider:
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> The exploding jungle in Apocalypse Now, with The End as the background music. Absolutely crazy.

There are no credits over that! That's an opening scene, not a credit sequence.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHRRRGGGGHHHH!

<bangs head against brick wall again and again>
Gordon Stainforth - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:

I think A N is rather unusual in having no title or opening credits at all.
Clarence - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail?

Mynd you, mse bites Kan be pretti nasti...
Blue Straggler - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

Unusual but by no means unique (nor pioneering, I'd hazard).
They used to hand out lobby cards with it.

Coincidentally last night I watched Friedkin's "Sorcerer" (another nightmarish jungle shoot though not quite on the same scale) which was released in 1977, and it has just the studio names and the film title over the beginning. Great film, by the way - I think you'd enjoy it.
Al Evans on 10 May 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler: I'll still go for 2001 A Space Oddesey.
Blue Straggler - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Al Evans:
> (In reply to Blue Straggler) I'll still go for 2001 A Space Oddesey.

Credits, or opening sequence?

<bangs head against brick wall yet again>
Owen W-G - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:

Shining Opening helicopter shot/music

Bauhaus playing at Heaven at the opening of The Hunger
jackappleby - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack: Lord of war is pretty good.
Blue Straggler - on 10 May 2013
In reply to jackappleby:

Yes!
Blue Straggler - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:

I have been a bit pedantic I suppose and something like Lord of War shows that there is a middle ground between "opening scene" and "credits sequence" :-)
Bjartur i Sumarhus on 10 May 2013
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A Long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jK-jZo6xjY
jackappleby - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack: Just as well, im sure all that head banging isn't good for you.
Quiddity - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Bjartur Sumarhs:

Opening credits for the love of god
Bjartur i Sumarhus on 10 May 2013
In reply to Quiddity: Relax, i'm trying to knock blue straggler out
Bjartur i Sumarhus on 10 May 2013
In reply to Quiddity: Relax, i'm trying to knock blue straggler out

try this and cool your shoes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z25t-PQDn5A
Quiddity - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Bjartur Sumarhs:

superb!
Al Evans on 10 May 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
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> Credits, or opening sequence?
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> <bangs head against brick wall yet again>

OK, sorry :-(
graeme jackson - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:

Cliffhanger :-)

and just for fun I'll throw in Fast and furious 4 - the one with the fuel tanker hijack.
paul-1970 - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:
'North by Northwest': wonderful stage-setting opening by Saul Bass. Great music by Bernard Herrmann, and ends with the proverbial cameo by Hitchcock comically missing his bus.

'A Shot in the Dark': wonderful animated opening credits with input from the great Fritz Freleng. Henry Mancini's peerless music too.

'The Shining': Totally draws you in from the start. Cold, long, ominous panning shots of that road up to the Overlook Hotel, while Wendy Carlos's incredible electronic soundtrack cranks up the the atmosphere.
MonkeyPuzzle - on 10 May 2013
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Alien. How can anyone make five letters fading in so unsettling?
John_Hat - on 10 May 2013
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Tron Legacy...
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sam@work - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack: TAXI - the luc besson one
Gordon Stainforth - on 10 May 2013
In reply to paul-1970:
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> 'The Shining': Totally draws you in from the start. Cold, long, ominous panning shots of that road up to the Overlook Hotel, while Wendy Carlos's incredible electronic soundtrack cranks up the the atmosphere.

That's nice to hear, Paul, as I actually cut the opening title sequence of The Shining, i.e. selected the aerial shots from about an hour of footage, and did the first rough cut (as a piece of editing it was actually rather easy). It got tweaked a bit later by Ray Lovejoy and Stanley Kubrick as the title and credits were dropped in. I also laid the music - mind you, that required no skill at all as it was the only piece of complete readymade, uncut music used in the film (and the only piece by Wendy Carlos, apart from a few sound effects added later in the score). I must emphasise the obvious, of course: that the whole concept of the opening title sequence was entirely Stanley Kubrick's.

Interestingly, Saul Bass designed The Shining poster (but I think very much to a preconceived idea by Stanley), but he was not involved in the title sequence at all. I was fortunate to meet him when he visited Stanley at his home in Hertfordshire. A very nice guy.
Al Evans on 10 May 2013
In reply to Gordon Stainforth: We are privilidged to have you as a member of this forum Gordon :-) (even if I could spell it correctly).
Sam_Marsland - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack: This is my favourite opening credits sequence....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bD4ts8eWY
David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
ice.solo - on 10 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:

http://www.vimeo.com/13147654

Not the best, but right for the job. Sets the mood
Tom V - on 11 May 2013
In reply to woolsack:
Told you all before - it's "Cutter's Way"
pneame on 11 May 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
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> Coincidentally last night I watched Friedkin's "Sorcerer"

That's what it was called - I saw that in the early 90s but couldn't remember it's name. Excellent stuff
James90 - on 11 May 2013
In reply to Clarence:
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> Monty Python and the Holy Grail?
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> Mynd you, mse bites Kan be pretti nasti...

I agree:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SII-jhEd-a0

the only credits i've actually read. for obviouse reasons, video quality is a bit poor

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