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 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 1:22 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I do miss the main titles & I'm sure film makers do too. You have that three minute title sequence where the film gets an overture with visuals that set up the mood of the film you're about to see. You're in no doubt of what kind of film it is after seeing the opening of A Clockwork Orange or The Pink Panther...& you get to have the film just end "The End" or better still "Fin". And then came the eight minute end roller...

I could name hundreds of sixties movies, almost all of them had good title sequences. Hammer's The Curse Of The Werewolf with the close-up of the werewolf's eyes crying, I read somewhere that it was a filmed make-up & contact lens test, & someone had the bright idea to use it as a title background. The sixties Casino Royale has great opening titles, the visuals & music...but it goes downhill from there. A classic one is The Outlaw Josey Wales, you get all the backstory there, it's all set up by the end of the titles.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 2:23 AM   
 By:   Ken G   (Member)

Quickly read the thread - I don't think I saw LADY IN A CAGE mentioned:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3P6KSOXQJ0

My all-time favorite. Who cares if it's a Saul Bass copy?! Tremendous stuff and the music from Mr. Glass is incredible.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 2:26 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Star Wars

Casino Royale (new!)

Superman Returns

Hostage

Sin City


There. That is my singular favourite main title sequence. Unless I forgot something. Which I probably have.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

WHERE LIFE HAD NO VALUE,
DEATH, SOMETIMES,
HAD IT'S PRICE.

THAT IS WHY THE
BOUNTY KILLERS APPEARED.

In other words For A Few Dollars More takes some beating. The above comes at the end of a deliciously cheeky title sequence that owes probably more to someone like Tex Avery, than John Ford. From the start, with Sergio Leone (apparently) himself whistling, to the finish with those words, we knew that here was a very different kind of western.

And of course with a very different kind of opening theme to go with it, and an incredibly exciting one at that especially when watched with the titles.

Good as the next in the trilogy is, and groundbreaking as the first one was, this is my favourite.

Of course actual next on the list is Once Upon A Time in the West. Another example of bare faced cheek, with it's length and off-beat sounds.

In both cases a real collaborative effort from director and composer. Sublime.


 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

I do miss the main titles & I'm sure film makers do too. You have that three minute title sequence where the film gets an overture with visuals that set up the mood of the film you're about to see. You're in no doubt of what kind of film it is after seeing the opening of A Clockwork Orange or The Pink Panther...& you get to have the film just end "The End" or better still "Fin". And then came the eight minute end roller...

I could name hundreds of sixties movies, almost all of them had good title sequences. Hammer's The Curse Of The Werewolf with the close-up of the werewolf's eyes crying, I read somewhere that it was a filmed make-up & contact lens test, & someone had the bright idea to use it as a title background. The sixties Casino Royale has great opening titles, the visuals & music...but it goes downhill from there. A classic one is The Outlaw Josey Wales, you get all the backstory there, it's all set up by the end of the titles.


Yes, Curse of the Werewolf is incredibly striking

I would also like to mention George Pal's War of the Worlds. The whole intro and prologue, along with Stevens' crashing theme is an attack on the senses. Truly thrilling.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'll add my support too Superman the Movie and The Stuntman.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

SUPERMAN (1978) From the Daily Planet's logo to Krypton, with Williams' grand theme and some SFX thrown in - grand in all ways!

This is my opinion as well.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

CAPRICORN ONE

Black background, intense Red Titles appearing on the beats of Goldsmith's powerful music.

Plain and simple and brilliant and awesome.

http://hmongplus.com/N0FpRmthbWxiTUEz


Thanks Zooba, good choice! I'd rank it 2nd to Midway, with the B-25 engines starting up during the crawl, then Williams' music with the drums, piano and chimes kicking in. I even can excuse the recycling of the Doolittle Raid from Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Third for me is Colossus, The Forbin Project; maybe The Groundstar Conspiracy fourth?

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   Illustrator   (Member)

Several excellent candidates already to which I must add Bullitt. In terms of music, photography, the sequence itself which is pivotal for the movie ahead and the actual design of the type and how it moves. Outstanding.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Several excellent candidates already to which I must add Bullitt. In terms of music, photography, the sequence itself which is pivotal for the movie ahead and the actual design of the type and how it moves. Outstanding.

Thanks, Illustrator; Bullitt is another great one. Plus it has the best ever, pause for personal self-evaluation while looking in the mirror scene. Even as a kid when I first saw it, that scene impacted me.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   alintgen   (Member)

The Nun's Story (Waxman)
Vertigo (Herrmann)
Star Wars - A New Hope (williams)

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Giorgio Moroder   (Member)


Scarface intro (cuban refugees) Giorgio Moroder

Fright Night II intro Brad Fiedel

In The Mouth of Madness intro John Carpenter

Prince of Darkness intro John Carpenter

Thief intro Tangerine Dream

No Retreat No Surrender intro Frank Harris

Beverly Hills cop II into Harold Faltermeyer

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Personne   (Member)

Soylent Green

Gettysburg

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2014 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   dashrr   (Member)

A L I E N

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 2:25 AM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

All my favourites already been mentioned but I always thought Event Horizon was pretty interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 3:04 AM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)

PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 3:25 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)


Among my favorites :

THE AVENGERS (Joel McNeely)
BICENTENIAL MAN (James Horner)
OHMSS (John Barry)
MR HOLLAND OPUS (Michael Kamen)
DANCES WITH WOLVES (John Barry)

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   jmarc   (Member)

Definitely SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. Blew me away seeing that as a kid. My absolute favorite! Truly that intro showed that they were going to treat the character with some seriousness. Just epic! I actually like the SUPERMAN II titles also with music by Ken Thorne. Nice arrangement.

Always enjoy STAR WARS & I've always felt the opening to ROCKY is very classy. I love the many of the old Warner Bros. gangster film intro like WHITE HEAT.

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

From the more recent fare a couple of posts mentioned "Catch Me If You Can" but no one mentioned THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN!

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   jbt9955   (Member)

The Wild Bunch.

Totally agree. Best opening film sequence ever, made in large part to Fielding's slowly building score.

"If they move . . . kill 'em!"

 
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