The opening titles of a film can be very revealing as to how a film turns out and some (especially those by Kubrick and Hitchcock) can be iconic in their own right.
Why is this?
Partly I think it’s a statement of intent on behalf of the filmmakers but there is also something magical about the anticipation of what you might soon be experiencing – is it going to be Citizen Kane or White Chicks?
You never really know until it starts to unfold but the opening titles often give a tantalising glimpse of what lies ahead, be it good or bad.
With that in mind, web designer Christian Annyas has posted an amazing selection of movie titles which are arranged by decade, from 1929 to 2009.
> New York Times Magazine article on opening titles
> The classic opening titles of North By Northwest