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#21  Postby Animavore » Sep 06, 2011 11:18 pm

The intro to Lethal Weapon. Comedy gold.
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#22  Postby ramseyoptom » Sep 06, 2011 11:46 pm

This:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWnmCu3U09w[/youtube]


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#23  Postby Mac_Guffin » Sep 07, 2011 12:08 am

I was going to post a clip of the beginning of SLC Punk, but there are no videos. Looks liek Sony took down all the videos for copyright infringement... but it's kind of like Goodfellas... It's bad ass.
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#24  Postby ughaibu » Sep 07, 2011 4:14 am

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJIeOmNN60M[/youtube]
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#25  Postby Pulsar » Sep 07, 2011 9:01 am

Magnolia:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94hOl1GoJw[/youtube]

And Snake Eyes. IIRC the opening scene is a 20 min continuous shot; the rest of the film sucked though.
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#26  Postby levesqueiroq » Sep 07, 2011 9:20 am

well i leapt on here to proclaim Naked Gun as the best intro but there it was top of that blogs list.

it is a work of genius!
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#27  Postby ramseyoptom » Sep 07, 2011 10:30 pm

Thanks very much Weaver. The way my comp and web link were going the laptop was about to bounce off a wall!! :)
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#28  Postby orpheus » Sep 08, 2011 2:43 am

Rope
(because right from the beginning you're clued in to the fact that there will be no cuts, so it's going to be a technical tour-de-force, and you're fascinated to see where the camera's going to go)

Manhattan
(the New York of my dreams - which, incidentally, doesn't actually exist. Brilliant Gershwin soundtrack. Gorgeous black and white)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(the credits are pure genius)

Alien
(not famous for its opening; it's famous for the action that comes later - especially the notorious chest-bursting scene. But I recently saw it again, and realized I'd forgotten all about that beginning: how slow and silent and eerie it is. For a very long time, nothing happens. The first ten minutes or so are actually the best part of the whole movie, in my opinion.)

Last Year at Marienbad
(I think this is very nearly a perfect film; it'll show up in my posts on any of these sorts of threads. And so radical. Nothing else remotely like it in the world of the cinema.)
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#29  Postby ughaibu » Sep 08, 2011 2:53 am

orpheus wrote:Last Year at Marienbad
(I think this is very nearly a perfect film; it'll show up in my posts on any of these sorts of threads. And so radical. Nothing else remotely like it in the world of the cinema.)
Do you mean this:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJuSx5L1EKg[/youtube]
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#30  Postby ughaibu » Sep 08, 2011 3:03 am

orpheus wrote:Rope
(because right from the beginning you're clued in to the fact that there will be no cuts, so it's going to be a technical tour-de-force, and you're fascinated to see where the camera's going to go)
and this:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHjPdEZODNM[/youtube]
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#31  Postby orpheus » Sep 08, 2011 6:19 pm

Yes, those are the ones.

Incidentally, "Marienbad" has been reissued by The Criterion Collection. Much improved. Visually there's no comparison. Much sharper and richer picture, and more of it, too. (The old Fox/Lorber version - which I think is what you've posted - has a lot of the sides of the frame cut off. It really matters in this film.) Sound is better. Subtitles are in a new and better translation - and are now placed on the screen so as not to obscure any of the picture.

Supposedly the Criterion Blu-Ray release is better still. I don't have a Blu-Ray player, so I can't attest to that. But their DVD version is really worth the price.
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#32  Postby ughaibu » Sep 09, 2011 3:40 am

orpheus wrote:Yes, those are the ones.

Incidentally, "Marienbad" has been reissued by The Criterion Collection. Much improved. Visually there's no comparison. Much sharper and richer picture, and more of it, too. (The old Fox/Lorber version - which I think is what you've posted - has a lot of the sides of the frame cut off. It really matters in this film.) Sound is better. Subtitles are in a new and better translation - and are now placed on the screen so as not to obscure any of the picture.

Supposedly the Criterion Blu-Ray release is better still. I don't have a Blu-Ray player, so I can't attest to that. But their DVD version is really worth the price.
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#33  Postby Tinker Grey » Sep 09, 2011 3:57 am

z8000783 wrote:Best ever

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW-jSa9_k3M[/youtube]

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#34  Postby Tinker Grey » Sep 09, 2011 4:02 am

Memento
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#35  Postby Matt8819 » Sep 19, 2011 12:48 am

Not just the intro, one of my top 5 movies of all time
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VXkUzf1et4[/youtube]
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#36  Postby orpheus » Aug 19, 2012 4:46 am

Resurrecting this thread, because I saw this film only a few weeks ago:

Melancholia

Profoundly beautiful introduction. Self-contained, yet every image is linked with the rest of the film - sometimes quite subtly so.

Edited to add: opinions of this film are really polarized. I think it - the whole thing, not just the introduction - is excellent. Stunningly beautiful. And powerful as hell. It is slow, that's true (a commonly heard criticism). But like the Wagner that is its soundtrack (Tristan und Isolde), it has a cumulative power that's overwhelming.
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#37  Postby Tim Danaher » Apr 21, 2013 11:28 am

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, no images, just that tension-building music that seems interminable, then that explosion of light: magical.
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#38  Postby sevink » Apr 26, 2013 10:45 am

#1 - Star Wars

Casino Royale
Skyfall
Napoleon Dynamite (Makes me hungry every time.)
Watchmen
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#39  Postby aban57 » May 24, 2013 6:50 pm

Lord of War's intro is amazing :)
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#40  Postby Varangian » May 24, 2013 10:30 pm

Many of my fave opening scenes have been mentioned, but I think the opening credits and scene in "Mad Max 2" sets the mood perfectly.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW-RmVY2OkA[/youtube]

(Couldn't find decent quality.)

This is immediately followed by this.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP-AbRTYNhI[/youtube]
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