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Monday, March 1, 2010

Opening Titles, Part 1

French spy parody OSS 117: Le Caire, Nid d'Espions (Cairo, Nest of Spies) has the most creative opening titles I've seen in a few years. While I endeavor to show this film to everyone I know, I would assume most Americans have not seen it.

The French secret agent OSS 117, whose literary counterpart predates Fleming's Bond, first appeared onscreen in the 1950's, almost a decade before Bond made his own cinematic debut. The franchise faded in the 70's, but has recently been reinvented as a satire with comedian Jean DuJardin in the title role. The 2nd DuJardin film was released in 2009, but has yet to find US theatrical distribution.

Considering that most mainstream films these days fall victim to depressing, blue-tinted, Magic Bullet color schemes and generic cinematography, it's lovely to see opening titles sequences remain the one place visual creativity can really shine through in a studio film.

1 comment:

Slim Cook said...

It's Great to find someone with such a good eye!


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