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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What is the greatest opening for a movie ever?

Entertainment Weekly has just posted its picks for “30 Classic Opening Movie Scenes” — and a few of them would rank among my favorite opening scenes ever: Up’s story of Ellie; Contact’s journey through the universe; The Lion King’s “The Circle of Life” (which I wrote about recently in another QOTD context), and perhaps the opening I think may be the greatest ever: Raiders of the Lost Ark’s introduction to Indiana Jones.
What is the greatest opening for a movie ever?

I leave it to you to decide whether “opening” means shot, scene, snippet of dialogue, or whatever: it depends on the individual movie, doesn’t it? And if you’re greatest opener isn’t also your favorite, feel free to share that, too.

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me. Responses to this QOTD sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.)



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