The mighty Smashing Magazine has put together a list of “30 Unforgettable Movie Opening Sequences,” which includes some great ones like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Fight Club, Delicatessen, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Dr. Strangelove. To any such list, though, I’d have to add To Kill a Mockingbird.
The gorgeous cinematography and editing (I love the sequence with the rolling marble), simple yet effective typography, and of course, Elmer Bernstein’s lovely score all come together to create a beautifully haunting sequence that captures the wonders and innocence of childhood as well as the sadness when those things are inevitably lost.
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