15 Iconic Opening Frames in Films
In film as in life, first impressions are everything. Opening this weekend, Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age film Boyhood is being a hailed a masterpiece, and from the very first moment, the director grabs audiences by the heartstrings. The first shot homes in on the face of the pre-pubescent boy (Ellar Coltrane) we’ll see grow into a fully formed college student over the course of the film, immediately bringing audiences aboard the journey as they take in his face in all its complexity.
Here’s some of the other greatest opening frames in movie history; moments that got their stories running from their very first frame. Click through them all here.
Blade Runner (1982)
Our first look at Los Angeles circa 2019 is a bleak hellscape, with fiery explosions bursting upward into the nighttime sky. Welcome to dystopia.
Citizen Kane (1941)
The meaning behind Orson Welles’ use of the “No Trespassing” sign has been analyzed to death for eons. Should we have all let Charles Foster Kane (and other late greats) just rest in peace?
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Richard Linklater is no stranger to great openings. Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” perfectly sets the movie in gear.