Opening Credits

Vitaphone Links - October 1929

Film is a medium particularly suited for incorporating music to enhance an artistic work. A well-placed song within a movie can turn a memorable scene into an iconic one, the perfect marriage of cinema’s most basic, and attractive aesthetic elements – using sounds and images to tell stories. These qualities are enhanced when this scenario occurs at the start of a film, setting the tone for what follows. Of course, the musical selection is as important as its placement, and the following examples are among the most adept uses of music in an opening sequence of a movie:

The Third Man

Vertigo

Mean Streets