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I was watching parts of "Gladiator" on cable for the umpteenth time, and I keep coming back to that film as having the greatest beginning ever.
My top five are "Gladiator," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Rear Window," "Jurassic Park," and "The Great Santini."
How about yours?
Have to include INGLORIOUS BASTERDS ...
The steadily increasing tension between the farmer, harboring Jews under his floor, and the Nazi "Jew Hunter" is almost unbearable ...
As the SS officer makes veiled references to his daughters and "fresh milk" ... and the farmer breaks down and reveals the location of the people he is protecting.
And incredible scene, which like to many of Tarantino's, reaches and unbearable pitch before and explosive resolution ...
Like the scene with Clarance and Drexel in TRUE ROMANCE ...
And the party in the basement bar, also in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS ...
And the Hollywood Diner scene from Pulp Fiction.
Whatever one may think of Taratino's work overall, he has to be given credit as one of the great scene architects in film history.
'one of the great scene architects in film history'
of which style he neatly lifted from Sergio Leone; Tarantino admits this
all hail the spaghetti western!
True! Point taken!
Serio Leone was also a great scene architect, and DID have a flare for building a scene, and building tension.
Though, I would have to admit that Tarantinome was influenced by Leone, he was not beholden to him.
Taratino's frame of reference is broader, and his characterizations were broader, and his dialogue more engaging. There is also a kind of ironically comical dimension to his scenes ... and his plots, overall, more imaginative.
Wouldn't you say?
'and his dialogue more engaging'
well, they were spaghetti westerns after all, but yes I agree
Tarantino certainly wears many of his influences on his sleeve though
his Hitchcock like penchant for appearing in his own movies as well as the long moving shots into close-ups for instance
he is a modern maestro of synthesizing the hallmarks of good film making
that is undeniable
And so, we two, redoubtable film connoiserus that we are, agree. ;)
One other thing that makes Tarantino special: his understanding of his actors' abilities and on-screen personae. He rescued Travola's career. And his resurrrection of Micheal Parks in KILL BILL was inspired -- not to mention David Carradine (sp?). Has Christoper Walken ever been better than in THE WATCH scene in PULP FICTION?
' Has Christoper Walken ever been better than in ... ?'
yes, Joe Dirt!
kidding ... I think
I'd posit that Deer Hunter was top of form too
Wonderful tracking shot.
First we have the Morricone score laying out the excitement and danger ahead, then we have Al Capone (de Niro) having a pleasant news conference when we know what's ahead...
Days of Heaven is a beautiful, understated movie with an affectless narration by a child who barely understands the events she narrates. It's all in the beginning:
'that monster of a tracking shot'
Birdman ... and it never stops
Jimmy Caan and Tangerine Dream in the lead.
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A great choice ( ! I had the opportunity to see this on the big screen a while back and it held up very well, also a fan of the soundtrack
James Caan, in an "Actors Studio" episode said the character he plays in Thief was the role closest to him simply being himself
Pretty much all his films start off 'in media res'
"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. "
― W.C. Fields
This is a personal favorite of mine. I may be the only one but that's ok. I know it is a take on Federico Fellini's "8½" (which is an excellent opening also). This is one of my favorite Woody Allen movies.
too bad he turned out to be such a shit.
I can't even look at him without thinking that anymore.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
2001, of course.
Strangers on a Train
Charlie Chan in Reno
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"Trying is the first step towards failure."
takes me back to my buddy and me cutting 8th grade class to see this.
I need to upgrade
"Making It On Your Own"
not familiar with that book.* I do have the '95 playboy she appeared in in her early 50s as well as most of her stuff with Lee Hazelwood and of course Wild Angels and Speedway on vhs.
*I suspect you might be joking ;)
First 15 minutes
Clip only goes to 10. Once Indy gets in the plane and the Pilot says "show a little backbone will ya" the audience roared.
Nothing else like it, at the time....
Maybe not the greatest opening but definitely one of the most memorable.
Greatest movie ever!
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The voice over opening of Sunset Boulevard, Jaws the first killing, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and this one which is not necessarily action packed, but sets the mood for the film to come. The cinematography, opening theme and direction are just beautiful. It reminds me a little of the opening of To Kill A Mockingbird which I also think is worthy....
works. William Holden was a very good actor, now almost unknown. He was powerful in "Bridge on the River Kwai," also.
opening credits musical numbers in "my" film The Silencers.
motorcycle gang cruising "stonehenge" in the fog in Psychomania.
James Dean's opening trip in East of Eden.
opening car bombing scene from Touch of Evil.
the opening game show (the Rube Benedict Show) scene in Last of the Mobile Hot Shots
Rear Window, and Jurassic Park!
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