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What are the greatest beginnings in film?

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Posted on June 29, 2020 at 08:00:24
BillH
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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?

 

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Bela Tarr's, "Damnation." nt, posted on June 29, 2020 at 08:14:41
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The Player, 2001. Agree about, posted on June 29, 2020 at 09:20:08
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Rear Window, and Jurassic Park!

 

RE: some of my favorites...not necessarily greatest, posted on June 29, 2020 at 14:46:36
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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

 

Those are good ones... I would add..., posted on June 29, 2020 at 20:23:36
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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....

 

"Is God in show business too?", posted on June 30, 2020 at 00:41:26
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Greatest movie ever!








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"Patton", posted on June 30, 2020 at 03:44:07
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Maybe not the greatest opening but definitely one of the most memorable.

 

"Star Wars, Ep IV: A New Hope.", posted on June 30, 2020 at 08:22:26
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Nothing else like it, at the time....

 

+1..., posted on June 30, 2020 at 11:00:57
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Plus the transition from that into the next scene with the Jerry Goldsmith music is extraordinary.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark, posted on July 1, 2020 at 01:50:06
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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.

 

"Sunset Blvd.:" definitely. One of the very, very few voiceovers that, posted on July 1, 2020 at 06:48:24
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works. William Holden was a very good actor, now almost unknown. He was powerful in "Bridge on the River Kwai," also.

 

Plus 1 ^, posted on July 1, 2020 at 15:37:35
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RE: What are the greatest beginnings in film?, posted on July 1, 2020 at 16:02:54
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takes me back to my buddy and me cutting 8th grade class to see this.

 

RE: reminds me..., posted on July 1, 2020 at 16:20:43
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Nancy wrote that book..., posted on July 1, 2020 at 18:01:36
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"Making It On Your Own"

 

I like the opening to Cool Hand Luke..., posted on July 1, 2020 at 20:26:06
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Miss that guy...//nt, posted on July 2, 2020 at 06:28:33
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RE: Nancy wrote that book..., posted on July 2, 2020 at 09:49:03
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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 ;)

 

Once Upon a Time in the West is right up there. nt, posted on July 2, 2020 at 21:57:59
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"Wall-E" "Up" "Saving Private Ryan" "Harold and Maude" "The Shining", posted on July 2, 2020 at 22:32:49
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Just sayin'

 

RE: +1 nt, posted on July 3, 2020 at 04:00:20
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RE: What are the greatest beginnings in film?, posted on July 3, 2020 at 15:57:36
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2001, of course.
Strangers on a Train
Charlie Chan in Reno
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Agree, posted on July 4, 2020 at 16:48:02
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Literally in awe at the first viewing.

 

Stardust Memories, posted on July 5, 2020 at 03:51:22
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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 "8" (which is an excellent opening also). This is one of my favorite Woody Allen movies.

 

That long tracking shot is SM is incredible..., posted on July 5, 2020 at 16:31:09
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too bad he turned out to be such a shit.

I can't even look at him without thinking that anymore.

Very sad.


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Sam Fuller's 'The Naked Kiss', posted on July 7, 2020 at 11:07:12
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Pretty much all his films start off 'in media res'






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Sentimental pick: 'Thief' . . ., posted on July 9, 2020 at 20:47:56
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Jimmy Caan and Tangerine Dream in the lead.








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RE: Sentimental pick: 'Thief' . . ., posted on July 9, 2020 at 23:39:09
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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

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