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What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:26 pm
by Sara
Which movies have the best opening 2 - 3 minutes?

Fanny and Alexander (the sound of the Schubert quartet and the face of the little boy full screen playing with his puppet theater quietly) Haunting and draws you into the movie.

The Sound of Music (Julie Andrews turning round and round at the top of the mountains and then singing "the hills are alive...")

Saving Private Ryan (though the opening sequence is longer than 3 minutes)

Let's make a list.

Sara

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 1:02 am
by arsaib4
Good choices, Sara.

One that comes immediately to my mind is the opening of Jean Luc & Pierre Dardenne's Rosetta, with the title character refusing to leave her workplace after getting fired. (It helps that it's one of my all-time favorite films.)

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 5:24 pm
by Sara
arsaib4,

I looked up Rosetta. It is not yet on DVD. Sounds like a good opening scene and I wish I could see it.

Sara

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 6:53 pm
by hengcs
I think Rosetta is on UK Region 2 DVD.

Anyway, I am trying to think about a few movies that have good openings that sustain my interest ... Offhand, I can't seem to recall ...

But there are two TV serials that have very impressionable openings ...
-- The Greed of Man (Hong Kong TVB series) * click *
-- Koori No Sekai (i.e., Ice World) (Japan NHK series) * click *

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 7:08 pm
by Sara
I just thought of another great opening scene:

La Dolce Vita: with the helicopter lifting a huge statue of Christ with outstretched arms over Rome (going to the Vatican) and casting shadows on the buildings below, and right behind this helicopter is another one with Marcello (the gossip reporter) in it looking down and waving to a bunch of sunbathing girls on the top of a building.

Such a great opening scene, don't you think? Very much Fellini.

Sara

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:41 am
by wpqx
You're all fired, Touch of Evil, come on that opening shot is ever loving testament that Orson Welles was a god among men. I was also a big fan of the opening carnage of A Clockwork Orange, but I'm a little twisted. There's another major opening sequence I'm forgetting but I'll get to that later, also a big fan of the silent film opening of Magnolia.

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 4:36 am
by A
I think the best opening scene ever may be in "Ulysses's Gaze", with the director coming home and the excerpts from the first greek film.

I also love the openings of Dead Man, Johnny Depp in the train,
and
"When father was away on business" by Emir Kusturica, one of the most complex and multilayered scenes I've ever seen on film. It's in fact better than the whole rest of the film, though I like the whole very much.

Also to my mind comes 2001- A space Odyssey 8-)

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:29 am
by Sara
Great choice, A, with Dead Man and Johnny Depp on the train. It is a good opening sequence.

I have not seen the other films you mentioned except 2001 Space Odessey. I would like to see Ulysses's Gaze and hope it is on DVD via Netflix.

Sara

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:27 pm
by madhuban
Oh common guys, I can't believe you forgot one of the greatest opening sequences in film history: "Un Chien Andalou". The razor slitting the eye!

Fellini's 8 1/2 also has a great beginning. i'm too sleepy to think of others now. Will post some more tomorrow.

i know this thread is long buried. but i discovered it today and found "Un Chien Andalou" missing. so please bear with me

M

Re: What are the best opening 2-3 minutes on film?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:37 pm
by Johndav
Yeah, the opening of Rosetta is great; rarely has a walk (with camera almost attached to her for much of the film) expressed so much of a protagonist's character so quickly. A hard life, an indomitable warrior. I really like the openings of Mirror and Andrei Rublev (as well as their endings)- very different expressions of faith. Paris Texas; the start of a journey from open wilderness to groping through a glass darkly. But come on, what about Manhattan- the best few minutes Woody Allen has given us (sexual prowess of a jungle cat, this was his town and it always would be- that skyline, to Gershwin). Aguirre Wrath of God, the descent from the misty mountains (almost reprised in Motorcycle Diaries), Once upon a Time in the West (buzzing fly!), the beautiful opening of A River Called Titash, The Searchers (fearful symmetry), Tales of the Taira Clan (historical colour), Sunrise (lyrical lust), The Shining....