Title: Sequence


Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo opening sequence, designed by Saul Bass

As part of White Night Melbourne 2014, our film programs team spliced together the 10 best title sequences ever to grace the silver screen. From Hollywood Golden Age classics to the best contemporary international cinema, these opening scenes feature artwork and design from the likes of  Saul Bass,  Robert Brownjohn and Pablo Ferro

Before you count down the movie marvels, catch up with Head Film Programmer Richard Sowada explaining why title sequences are sometimes known as ‘the short before the film‘.

2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick

Saul Bass
Check out the background behind this title sequence on Art of the Title.

Robert Brownjohn

Pablo Ferro

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Ignio Ladani

Jackie Brown
Quentin Tarantino

Lord of War
Art of the Title offers a short analysis on these iconic opening credits.

Bad Education (La mala educación)
Rubén Rivas

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Neil Kellerhouse
On Art of the Title director David Fincher, creative director Tim Miller and designer Neil Kellerhouse discuss this title sequence backed by Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, performed by Karen O and Trent Reznor.

Dawn of the Dead
Kyle Cooper
‘Kyle Cooper’s design dovetails what appears to be real war-torn footage with actual human blood as Johnny Cash raises the stakes in newfound context,’ reckons Art of the Title.

Enter the Void
Tom Kan
Again on Art of the Title, Kan discusses this unmistakable opening sequence.


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