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Old 25-11-2005, 08:55   #21
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How about the one everybody was buying last week? Flash Gordon designed by Richard Greenburg who was also involved in designing Superman and Alien. Also did Waiting for Garp, the bouncing baby behind the credits.

Alex Cox a few years ago lamented the lack of good quality graphical opening credits replaced by boring white on black text or none at all. He was a fan of the guy who designed the opening of Patriot Games.
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Old 25-11-2005, 11:36   #22
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THX 1138's is excellently done, the backwards credit sequence and Gregorian-lite music leading into the opening montage (nevermind... nevermindmind, mindmind).
I agree with this, just watched it to remind myself. I take it that this sequence is unaltered in the new DVD?

I think the most memorable use in my mind of title sequence music is from 'The Mummy' (1932) - I can't hear Swan Lake without thinking of Egypt now.
Hammer's Dracula (1958) with James Bernard's impressive orchestral score also ranks highly.
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The end titles of The Vikings are glorious (as is the Welles-voiced intro, but that doesn't really count as there are no credits at the beginning) - the tapestry representations of the leading players as their credits appear is lovely.
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Old 25-11-2005, 17:40   #24
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Said it before and I'll say it again...

"Mean Streets" - Keitel hitting the bed in time to the opening beats of "Be My Baby" and Ronnie Spector's voice soaring above the home movie footage into some other, more spiritual dimension. Greatest opening to any film ever. Even beats "The Wild Bunch".

I'll also add:

"Seconds" - superb use of distorting lenses to disconcert the audience before even the story even starts.

"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - very apt that the best Bond film should have the best opening credits. Superb Barry music alongside that sandglass showing time inexorably slipping away.

"Ballad of Cable Hogue" and "Junior Bonner" - elegant examples of Peckinpah split-screen work.

It's very simple but I adore the opening credits to "Where Eagles Dare" with Ron Goodwin's storming main theme crescendoing as the title looms up. Lalo Schifrin does something similar, though not quite so effectively, in "The Eagle Has Landed".

Someone has probably mentioned these but the credits to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" still make me laugh on the umpteenth viewing.
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Old 25-11-2005, 19:54   #25
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Stanley Kubrick, I remember, was asked why his credit titles are so ordinary, so perfunctory. And he said (and I paraphrase), why waste money on the titles when you can spend the money on the picture. Must admit he has a point, though his prosaic titles for The Shining, crawling up the frame as we chopper into the Overlook Zone, are incredibly ominous and creepy. Woody Allen is another who doesn't bother with fancy titles.
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Hmmm... the titles for Strangelove, Lolita, 2001 and ACO are fairly memorable. And iconic.

And there's Bass aplenty in Spartacus. And and and, as we all know post-Jon Ronson article, Kubrick was fairly obsessive in his choice of fonts for (some of) his title sequences... Futura Extra Bold, baby.

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Woody Allen is another who doesn't bother with fancy titles.
No doubt in hommage to Bergman.All the films I've seen of his use exactly the same titles,it gives a continuity to his work that is fitting,like volumes on a shelf,bit dull though.Pasolini is another.
I suppose it's a bit like a rock band releasing the same album sleeve with each new release,it doesn't happen often.
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I saw Saul Bass give a lecture at the NFT in the mid 80s. Did anyone else go to that? He chatted with us for a couple of hours, not least about his association with Hitchcock. This was pre-Scorsese, of course. Bass did some of the most memorable titles sequences. Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can owed a debt - one of the more stylish openings of recent years...
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There's a nice homage to him at the start of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" too.
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The titles for the classic Universal horror films of the 30s and the "a good cast is worth repeating" end titles-always love seeing (hearing mostly) that little plane fly round the globe

"Magnum Force" with it's brilliantly arranged Lalo Schifrin theme and Clint's hand holding the Magnum poised in profile against a plain red background,cocking the gun then aiming it at the viewer....very,very effective....also is this one of the very few instances of the star of the film appearing in such a way in the opening credits?...like Eastwood and the character have become indistinguishable,like Bond and Connery.
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I saw Saul Bass give a lecture at the NFT in the mid 80s. Did anyone else go to that? He chatted with us for a couple of hours, not least about his association with Hitchcock. This was pre-Scorsese, of course. Bass did some of the most memorable titles sequences. Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can owed a debt - one of the more stylish openings of recent years...

Jesus how awesome is that, i would have loved to go to a Saul Bass lecture would have been wicked!
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Just like to pitch in again to this reawakened thread with a vote for Tony Richardson's wonderful Charge of the Light Brigade - the titles are some of the best ever, animated by Richard Williams as a political lampoon and with a marvellous "Rule Britannia" style score by John Addison. A brilliant amuse-gueule for the feast to come.
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Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) MGM lion transforms into a goul.. Wonderful hand drawn animated credits segway into matte of location which then.. morfs into real location! Komeda theme beating way in the background.

La Samourai (1967) Love the title design. Image looks like a painting until you see Delon's suttle cigarette smoke from the bed.

Big Gundown (1966) Fav Spaghetti Western Rotoscope Opening titles, Crissie belting out the Run man Run title theme tune.

Fistful of Dollars (1963) and Faccia a Faccia (1968) in 2nd and 3rd.

You Only Live Twice (1966) Great intro, Average Film. Fav Maurice Binder one.. Birds, lava and Japanese parasols. Nancy Sinatra, Barry theme.


Honorary mention:
Alien3 Is pretty good. 20th Century Fox last fanfire note takes a dive bomb. Very much apes of ALIEN intro in style and atmosphere but with flashes images. Goldenthal Agnus Dei "lamb of god" Chorus singing 'Lambs to the slaughter' like references in latin.

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I saw Saul Bass give a lecture at the NFT in the mid 80s. Did anyone else go to that? He chatted with us for a couple of hours, not least about his association with Hitchcock. This was pre-Scorsese, of course. Bass did some of the most memorable titles sequences. Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can owed a debt - one of the more stylish openings of recent years...
Yeah - I went to that. The NFT used to have some great lectures by real pioneers of the art of cinema (not just directors and actors). I recall a great one with Albert Whitlock too who showed loads of before and after matte shot sequences. Great stuff....
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gotta agree with Once Upon A Time in the West
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