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
Check out the background behind this title sequence on Art of the Title.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Lord of War
Art of the Title offers a short analysis on these iconic opening credits.
Bad Education (La mala educación)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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’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
Again on Art of the Title, Kan discusses this unmistakable opening sequence.