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Old June 26th, 2004, 02:13 AM   #1
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Movies with breathtaking opening seconds...

Opening shots that stick with me.

Lost in Translation:
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The curvaceous hips of a woman lying on a bed (music by My Bloody Valentine), fade to black and airport sounds, VO: "Welcome to New Tokyo Airport", then fade in: Bill Murray sleeping in a moving cab, opening his eyes...amazing.

Also, since this movie takes place in Japan I want to believe the image of the woman's hips is an inspired reworking of the famous "Views of Mount Fuji" by Hokusai.

Manhattan:
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b&w montage of NYC panoramas. words by Woody Allen, music by George Gershwin


and combining the big with the small...

Bladerunner:
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CU on the eyeball and reflected in it the panorama of LA in the future, music by Vangelis
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Old June 26th, 2004, 05:39 AM   #2
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Star Trek: First Contact
The beginning borg sequence

Armageddon
Meteor shower sequence

Taxi 1
Scooter sequence

and... ofcourse

The Matrix!
Trinity goes nuts

there are loads more... I'm trying to think of a few opening
scenes that aren't so focussed on action, but my mind doesn't
want to co-operate at the moment. I'll add another post when
I think of those.

I thought the opening of O Brother Where Art Though was
pretty neat. Not spectacular, though.
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Old June 26th, 2004, 06:50 AM   #3
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It's funny, I wouldn't have thought of any of those films. These do come to mind--

The rolling rock of Raiders of the Lost Ark--
The pursuit of E.T. by myterious men--
The mall chase that happens a few minutes in to The Blues Brothers--
The exploding amp of Back to the Future--"Rock and Roll!"--
The unplanned-for monstrous transformation of the meek library apparition in Ghostbusters--
The dream opening of Total Recall--

What these all share--besides being surprising and thus captivatingly entertaining--is that they're illogisms--and therefore symbolic--that aren't consciously processed, but instead analogically inform us on some deeper level about the characters we're meeting and their predicaments.
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Old June 26th, 2004, 10:08 AM   #4
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<<<-- Originally posted by Robert Knecht Schmidt :
The mall chase that happens a few minutes in to The Blues Brothers -->>>

That's one of my favorite action sequences too, but it happens pretty far into the movie....

One of my favorites: the huge imperial star cruiser that passes overhead at the beginning of the original Star Wars, and the ensuing capture of the rebel ship.
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Old June 26th, 2004, 10:38 AM   #5
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Best opening scenes not mentioned yet:

Jaws

Saving Private Ryan

JFK (it's powerful to me because of what ends up happening throughout the movie - the beginning becomes tragic at the end)

More to come when I think of them..

Bonus scene non-opening scene - which SHOULD have been the opening scene. If this scene was the opener I bet it would be considered the #1 opening scene:

Can anyone tell me a better scene than Robert De Niro in the Deer Hunter playing Russian roulette?

I mean, he's there...he is truly there. He's taking slaps in the face, he's not acting...the guy is pulling the trigger on himself. Everytime I watch that I think about how most "actors" act, but a few select live the scene wholeheartly to the point where you're like "wow".

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Old June 26th, 2004, 02:46 PM   #6
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Opening title sequence to Memento. :] Great opening to a great movie that says so much about the narrative already.
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Old June 26th, 2004, 02:55 PM   #7
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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Citizen Kane yet! "Rosebud..."

Opening credits to Se7en are a work of art.

And, of course, the opening montage in Apocalypse Now. I love that first shot, with the helicopters flying every which way, followed by the silent explosion...
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Old June 26th, 2004, 03:13 PM   #8
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I'm going to have to go with Super Troopers. After viewing the "First 8 Minutes" on iFilm, I was completely hooked.
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Old June 27th, 2004, 10:19 AM   #9
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"Snow falling on cedars".

The dim light in a thick mist followed by the most beautiful imagery during the first minutes creates the mystery that is to be solved before the end.
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Old June 27th, 2004, 09:22 PM   #10
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La Femme Nikita...

2001....the ape sequence

The Right Stuff

Star Wars

48 hours.

Thats all I could think of now.
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Old June 27th, 2004, 10:08 PM   #11
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Surprised no-one's mentioned this -- Touch of Evil.

Also:
The Godfather -- "I believe in America."
Goodfellas
On the Town
Harper
You Only Live Twice
Saturday Night Fever
Shaft
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Old June 29th, 2004, 03:11 PM   #12
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I agree with all of Mr. Murphys (always do) and Mr. Schmidt as well. How about:

The Road Warrior -

Welcome to the wasteland.

Escape From New York -

Plane crashing into New York! (I don't mean that in a bad way :/)

Star Wars -

Can't deny the opening sequence as we see for the first time Star Destroyers and Stormtroopers pouring into the hallways of the Rebel ship and a firefight ensues! Then R2D2 and C3PO hurry through the melee!

Halloween -

Scary real.

Poltergeist -

They're heere.......

Saturday Night Fever -

Come on! The BeeGee's 'hook' and Travolta walking through Brooklyn? Great!
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Old June 29th, 2004, 07:38 PM   #13
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DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004
IMHO the scariest first 5 minutes of a movie ever, EVER.

Otherwise, it's hard to argue against Raiders Of The Lost Arc.
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