Grand Openings, Pt 1

Analyzing David Fincher's credit sequences: Alien³
by Aaron Aradillas and Matt Zoller Seitz  posted September 20, 2010
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David Fincher, whose latest movie The Social Network opens the New York Film Festival this Friday and goes into national release Oct. 8, is a master of form; there's usually a reason behind every shot and cut in his movies—a big-picture sensibility that explains every choice. That includes credit sequences, an aspect of Fincher's filmmaking that's examined in this five-part series of video essays. From the brazenly spectacular sequences that open Se7en and Fight Club to the more sedate, elegant openings of Alien³, Panic Room, and Zodiac, Fincher cements his reputation as a big-budget utility infielder, trying his hand at many different genres, but always letting the story dictate how he tells it. Part 2 examines Se7en, Part 3 Fight Club, and Part 4 Zodiac. Part 5 will examine the The Social Network.



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Opening credits of Alien³, directed by David Fincher
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San Antonio-based film critic Aaron Aradillas is a contributor to The House Next Door, the founder and publisher of and the host of “Back by Midnight,” an Internet radio program about film and television.

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Matt Zoller Seitz is a writer and filmmaker whose debut feature, the romantic comedy Home, is available through Netflix and Amazon. His writing on film and television has appeared in The New York Times, New York Press, and The Star Ledger, among other places. He is also the founder of The House Next Door, a movie and TV criticism website.

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