Prime World problems

For when First World problems isn’t enough:

One thing is clear: when we lose title sequences, we are losing something of artistic value. The title sequence has a unique and colorful path through history, and it deserves consideration as an art form itself.

Netflix now gives you the choice of skipping the opening credits of a film.

This is an outrage.

Why Netflix’s ‘skip intro’ feature is bad news for classic films
Noah Gittell
The ability to avoid watching the opening credits of certain titles is a sign that the company lacks reverence for cinema history

Jeebus people, it’s the viewers doing the skipping, not the company.

17 thoughts on “Prime World problems”

  1. Surreptitious

    Some of them are. I remember particularly Saul Bass, whom I studied on a a compulsory humanities course for scientists. His title sequence for “Anatomy of a Murder” was pretty fine, IIRC. If you’d skipped it you’d definitely have lost something.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    Guardian editor: “Hey, intern, Netflix has a new feature, ring round the usual suspects until you find someone who’s offended so we can get them to do an article.”

  3. This is an opportunity for leftists to do some good.

    Let us by all means have a wonderful High-Art set of film-titles compulsory on every film etc.

    In line with leftist ideas about “choice is bad” –Bernie Sanders hatred of deodorants for example–it should be the SAME titles sequence on EVERY film.

    Regardless of the film’s subject each film will have the same wonderful High Art titles in which the persona are all named, credited etc while the film shows a black and white all-too-brief account of the crimes and miseries of socialism–starvation, imprisonment , mass murder, torture, death camps, poverty, lives ruined etc. Musical, light comedy, drama, SF, whatever, all have the same lovely credits.

    It would work especially well with Ken Loach films.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    Mr Ecks – “It would work especially well with Ken Loach films.”

    In fairness the opening credits are the best part of a Ken Loach film.

    Matched, perhaps, only by the closing credits. Perhaps because I don’t believe anyone has ever seen them.

  5. I already fast-forward through the opening sequence of the best programme on Netflix (Highway Thru Hell,) so I’m not sure what the fuss is about.

  6. It is completely trivial but is a revealing insight into how their minds work. The idea that other people should have free agency is completely alien to them.

  7. Philip Scott Thomas

    Title sequences are an art form?

    Not always, but they can be. The one from ‘Watchmen’ still gets me every time, despite having seen it many times. It’s one of the most poignant bits of cinema I think I’ve ever seen.

  8. The title sequence for Jeeves and Wooster – the Fry and Laurie version – was a lovely wee bit of popular art. So it knocked much recent High Art into a cocked hat.

  9. Thinking back to all the movies I’ve seen, not many title sequences had much artistic merit. The Pink Panther movies stand out. Some might like the James Bond openings but I can take them or leave them.

    A bottle of champaign floating for three minutes through space until it crashes into the hull of the Enterprise was three minutes of my life that I will never get back.

  10. TN: vertiginous!

    Saul Bass titles are some of the best in film history. Also, I’ve got the Blu-Ray of Lawrence of Arabia and the first several minutes are a black screen with the theme played all the way through. Then the motor-bike scene starts. I believe David Lean wanted it that way in the cinema but probably most showings didn’t do that. I understand why most directors never repeated that…

  11. By popular request from subscribers, the Netflix feature is primarily to allow the viewer to skip the, ‘last time on Showname’ reminder sequence.

    This is practical where episodes are broadcast a week apart, or many weeks between seasons, but on Netflix where a viewer can choose to watch shows back to back… so-called binge watching… it is not needed and irritating. And for normal peopke so is watching the same title sequence over and over again.

    It is an option not a compulsion, so the reverentially inclined can watch the same title sequences over and over again until their heads explode with rapture.

  12. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Has this cretin never heard of the “cold open”? Half the series out there have been doing this for years.

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