Thursday, April 22, 2010

10 List: Dynamic title or opening sequences

Forget simple or subtle
or something so bland you can show up late and not miss anything.
In film, a great opening grabs you by the collar and dives into the story.
In a few quick strokes,the character(s), the dilemma and the boundaries are established or in some cases, just the tone of everything to come. There are so many compelling examples, but I narrowed my list to opening scenes that are primarily without dialogue.
A lot can happen in just a few minutes.

Touch of Evil
Raging Bull
Blue Velvet
West Side Story
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
Apocalypse Now


The Philadelphia Story
The Searchers
2001: A Space Odyssey

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