Sunday, June 22, 2008

The best movie opening-credit sequences ever

This isn't really relevant to anything specific going on right now, but I just think it's pretty cool.


"The movie opening-credit sequence has become a lost art; so many movies today, especially action blockbusters, are content to plunge directly into the action and wait until the end to show you who made the film. Now, Screengrab has compiled a list, complete with YouTube clips, of the 12 best opening-credit sequences ever. It's a good selection of these mini-movies that expertly sets the tone for the feature that follows. A lot of credit buffs' favorites are here, including the ones for Scorsese's Raging Bull, Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, and David Fincher's Seven and Panic Room. Of course, you can't talk about film credits without mentioning the genre's master, Saul Bass, who revolutionized the opening credit sequence in the 1950s with his jazzy, fragmented-animation segments for such movies as The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. (Which gives me an excuse to embed this clip, which has been making the rounds this week, of what the Star Wars credits would have looked like had Bass designed them.)"



Stacey Q The Winged Serpent said...

The Youtuber who upped this mistakenly lists it as a Bass piece as well, when it was actually done by Richard Greenberg. But this is something timeless and beautiful.

wraith7000 said...

Yes! Stacey Q, one of my favorites and a definite classics all around.