Great Movie Title Sequences
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Great Movie Title Sequences
Outstanding examples of the seductive art of the movie title sequence
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The Shining

Turn off the sound, and this is nothing more than a pleasantly panoramic series of helicopter shots of a scenic drive through the mountains of Montana. But turn up the volume, and the predatory strains of the "Symphonie Fantastique" set a chilling portent of the horrors to come.
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Vertigo

An overture of dreamy pizzicato strings, interrupted by blares of brass, leads us into frightened eyes and dizzy spirals in this hypnotic prelude to Hitchock's tale of obsession.
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Seconds

Extreme facial close-ups in funhouse-mirror distortion, set to a creepy Gothic score, plunge the viewer straight into the cold heart of this sci-fi horror classic about identity and rebirth.
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Superbad

Forever shattering or hilariously confirming the proposition that white dudes can't dance, our colourfully silhouetted superbad-guys let it all hang out to a cheesy 70s Soul groove, in the opening to the wonderful movie that gave the world the very useful acronym, FML.
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Se7en

Se7en is the kind of movie you want to watch again, but can't. It's too dark, nihilistic, and unsettling, and the tone and palette are set right from the start, with this jittery, scratchy montage that makes you see so much more than you're seeing.
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Dr Strangelove

The swish Sixties cocktail-muzak, the Twiggy-slender typography, the in-flight refuelling exercise, lovingly shot to look like a militaristic mating ritual...thus begins Stanley Kubrick's pitch-black Cold War masterpiece, and it just gets better and better as his name slowly fades from the screen.
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Thank You For Smoking

The sophisticated allure of cigarette packaging, before the Surgeon-General got all pernickety about the hazards to your health, is stylishly called into play in this sly and cynical ode to the joys of puffing away to your lung's content.
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Catch Me if You Can

Paying homage to the Golden Age of the jazzy, animated title sequence, Steven Spielberg lets us know from the get-go that his movie about a charismatic conman will be styled with all the flair and attitude that made the Sixties famous.
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Snatch

The gang's all here, and we meet them in a parade of frenetically-cut clips, stamped with bold graphics in the style of a 70s TV show, in this hugely entertaining cockney cops-&-robbers caper.
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Napoleon Dynamite

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Lip-ice, library cards, school lunch-trays, juvenile doodles and etchings on pencils...opening credits don't come quirkier or more engaging than these, leading us cheerfully into a love-it-or-loathe-it movie about a gangly geek with delusions of grandeur.
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Do The Right Thing

The fire-hot, feral energy of Rosie Perez, hip-hop dancing to the furious beat of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power", punchily sets the scene for Spike Lee's sweltering tale of racial tensions in a New York heatwave.
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Juno

Strolling along to a twee folky song, our quirky heroine leaves the real world and animates herself into our hearts before she's even said a line, in this fetching intro to an unforgettable movie.
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EuroTrip

Set to a nasally-pitched Gallic cover of the Who's "My Generation", this boisterous sequence ingeniously appropriates and subverts the over-familiar design and typography of those laminated info cards you'll find in the seat pocket in front of you.
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Stranger Than Fiction

Not so much a title sequence as a sequence of numbers, obsessively layered in infographic style, as we get to know the intricate inner workings of our everyday hero, to Emma Thompson's tinder-dry narration.
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Panic Room

A striking example of typography as architecture, with giant letters looming over the New York cityscape, adding an extra dimension to the laundry-list of names we tend to ignore as we wait for the actual movie to start.
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