3/28/2007

25 Great Title Sequences

Posted in Links at 5:16 am by Stephen

We’ve talked before about great movie openings — the very first scenes of a film — but what about the actual title sequences? Check out this really neat two-part video compilation on YouTube of 25 great title sequences: Part One, Part Two.

Once you’ve done that, let us know if the editors missed any of your favorites.

9 Comments »

  1. Sam (405) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 5:17 am

    Neat compilation! There’s an interesting mix in there.

    While I was watching, several came to mind, like those for the Otto Preminger films Anatomy of a Murder and The Man With the Golden Arm, which use lots of jazz music and cut-out animation that was popular in the 60s and used in some of the sequences in those videos.

    I’ve always thought the titles for My Best Friend’s Wedding, unabashedly retro, were the best part of the movie. Around the World In 80 Days doesn’t have opening titles at all, but the lengthy end titles have the look and care of opening titles and recap the whole story in a few minutes’ worth of amusing animation.

    The Grass Is Greener has one of the cutest credit sequences; very different from that title designer’s more famous work, those of the James Bond films, which have some of the best and most famous title sequences of all time. The Pink Panther is another series with great titles — so good, in fact, that they spawned a long-running cartoon series. The Great Race reinforces the exaggeratedly nostalgic view of early Americana with titles that look like some kind of glorified version of an early picture show.

    But sometimes great title sequences are extraordinarily simple. Every one of Woody Allen’s movies has white, non-scrolling titles on a black screen, same font every time, both for the opening and closing. The music choice changes, but it’s almost always classic jazz, or some kind of classical piece. Simple, functional, distinguishing, and absolutely appropriate.

  2. Jari (1) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 7:22 am

    I have always liked the title sequence of Costa-Gavras’ Z from 1969. The music of Mikis Theodorakis works perfectly with the teleprinter printing the titles.

  3. Sam (405) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Oh! Fahrenheit 451! In a world where books are banned from society, it’s not just clever that the credits are spoken aloud, without any printed words, it’s downright eerie.

  4. siochembio (82) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 11:45 am

    *is shocked* No 2001: A Space Odyssey?!? AH! The opening titles of 2001, the last time I saw it about a month ago, actually made me cry from excitement and thrill and anticipation. It’s the only title sequence that evokes that kind of emotion from me, and it’s just… a title sequence!

    Other than that, I thought the compilations were great. Very fun, and it was nice to see Catch Me If You Can in there - I had forgotten what a great sequence that was.

    Loved the Hitchcock stuff.

  5. Maryam (14) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    I was glad to see Superman and The Terminator in there — those were the two that immediately popped into my mind upon thinking of great title sequences. Superman’s is just a thrill ride, and The Terminator is fantastic at portraying ominousness… ness.

    Although the movie fell flat for me, I enjoyed Bicentennial Man’s title sequence.

    I’m not sure how I feel about Napoleon Dynamite as a movie, but it had a good title sequence too.

    Spider-Man and Toy Story are a couple of others that come to mind. Star Wars doesn’t have a place here — I can’t even remember whether there are credits in the opening — but it deserves a mention for the way the showing of the title itself just grabs you.

  6. K.T. Slager (55) said,

    March 28, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Ahh! I’m so glad they added the title sequence from Alien, which I have always loved for its eerie simplicity. I also love the titles for The Shining, because of the scenic local and the ugly cerulean colored credits that never stop rolling. But that’s me.

    They should do a complilation of the best ending credits, so’s we can add A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Incredibles in there.

  7. Eric (44) said,

    March 29, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Whoever put together that compilation neglected to actually include two title sequences that were on their list.

    Some good title sequences I’ve seen include: Ed Wood, The Great Race, and, since they included a TV show, the show Carnivàle.

  8. Grishny (156) said,

    March 29, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Maryam’s mention of Bicentennial Man made me think of a similar one that I like - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

  9. Venkman (2) said,

    March 29, 2007 at 10:52 am

    thats a lot of good title sequences! some others to include are Snatch, Fight Club, and another Pixar fick- Monsters Inc. I also just recently saw Stranger Than Fiction- that has some great motion graphic titles by MK12.

    I think To Kill A Mockingbird has some of the best titles ever. They are simple but very elegant and powerful, and they set us up so well for the movie.

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