Opening Shots Project

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Opening Shots: Army of Shadows

View image View image From: Andy Horbal, Mirror/Stage: "Army of Shadows" actually begins with an epigram: "Unhappy memories! Yet I welcome you… you are my long-lost youth… " Perhaps a French person would immediately recognize the film's subsequent opening shot…

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Opening Shots Project Index

A little beyond the first anniversary of the Opening Shots Project, I figured it was past time to compile a handy, one-page index to all the contributions. The Opening Shots category page takes forever to load, so now you can…

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Opening Shots: 'The Big Animal'

View image I can't think of another movie that makes me laugh and cry within the course of its opening shot. This is "The Big Animal" (2000), a feature directed by and starring Jerzy Stuhr, based on an early screenplay…

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Opening Shots: The 'Burbs

From Dennis Cozzalio, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, Glendale, CA: The opening of Joe Dante’s cruelly misjudged and overlooked comedy "The ‘Burbs" begins with a vertiginous and hilarious parody of the God’s-eye view shot. Fade in on the…

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Opening Shots: Eyes Wide Shut

From Jonathan Pacheco, Anna, TX: When the release of "Eyes Wide Shut" drew near, a lot of the buzz was around it being a "sex film," and some (fools) went as far as to claim that its ambition was to…

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Opening Shots: The Girl Can't Help It

View image Welcome back to the Opening Shots Project -- which has been on a bit of an unscheduled hiatus simply because I've had too much else going on. To get us back into the swing of things, I present…

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Opening Shots: 'Little Murders'

View image Rise and shine... What do we have here? It's the opening shot of one of my favorite 1970s comedies, a dark absurdist urban paranoid masterpiece called "Little Murders" (1971) written by Jules Feiffer ("Carnal Knowledge") and directed by…

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Opening Shots: 'Greetings'

The public and the private, the personal and the political: Although this isn't precisely the opening shot of "Greetings" described here, it's part of it, showing the same TV, the same book and the same coffee pot in the same…

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Opening Shots: 'Raw Meat'

View image View image They don't grind 'em out like "Raw Meat" anymore. I don't know if horror movies will ever seem as seedy as they did in the first half of the 1970s, when even the emulsion itself seemed…

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Take the Opening Shots Poll!

Here are some of the most popular choices we've published so far. The top vote-getters from this round will advance to the next! (I had to upgrade this thing -- it only gave me 100 "views" a day, which were…