The Art of the Title Sequence: Michael Mann’s “Crime Story” – 1986.

I’ve always wanted to talk about the importance of the opening title sequence.  If you do it right, you’ll pull your audience in and captivate them.  I want to share some opening titles with you that have always had a profound effect on me.  The first one I want to share is from Michael Mann’s TV Show, “Crime Story” which aired for two seasons on NBC starring Dennis Farina, Ted Levine, Stephen Lang, Ron Dean, and Anthony Denison.  The show was based on the true story of “Casino” – Martin Scorsese’s film about the rebirth of Las Vegas.  The TV show included guest actors that made frequent apperances: Andrew Dice Clay (who played Robert DeNiro’s character in “Casino”), Michael Madsen, Joseph Wiseman, Julia Roberts, Pam Greir, and Kevin Spacey.

The TV show was excellent.  If I ever think about this show, I’ll always be in love with the opening credits.  Enjoy.


Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

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