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Getting off to a good start

Closing credits get longer . . . and l-o-n-g-e-r . . . and l--o--n--g--e--r. Drivers and caterers and completion-bond companies now get joined by wave after wave of CGI workers. Opening credits? What are opening credits? They’ve pretty much disappeared. Twenty-first-century moviegoers want to get right to it, apparently.

For most of movie history, it was the other way around. Closing credits, when there were any, were brief. Opening credits were where the action was — not just the information, but also often the most style and verve. Saul Bass made them into a kind of mini-genre, especially in his work for Otto Preminger and Alfred Hitchcock in the ’50s and ’60s.

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