Monday 27 September 2010
Sequences Of A Titular Nature #6
Border Incident (1949 - Anthony Mann) - Look how painterly these images are - especially that last one behind Mann's name. How very fitting.
The Silencers (1966 - Phil Karlson) - The film doesn't live up to these wonderfully vibrant and sexy opening titles, but it had its moments. Cyd Charisse sure had a set of gams didn't she?
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950 - Earl McEvoy) - Not a great film (it seems to skip over many obvious issues with the search for a Typhoid Mary style woman), but the titles contain that terrificly arresting image of the shadow of a woman threatening the whole city...
MicMacs (2009 - Jean-Pierre Jeunet) - For a film filled to the brim with all manner of inventive gadgets and Rube Goldberg type devices, the titles are relatively simple: a pan up from the prone body of Bazil (Dany Boon) who has just been accidentally shot in the head; a slow zoom into the final images of "The Big Sleep" being broadcast on TV; a transition into heavenly dreamlike clouds for the beginning of the story. Quite apropos.