Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Art of the Opening Credit Sequence: Saturday Night Fever



















12 comments:

Thomas said...

Classic opening. It's really a undervalued film.

Btw... I just love your blog.

J.D. said...

I really dig the font they used for these credits and it goes well with Travolta strutting his stuff to the Bee Gees. Nice choice, Jeremy!

Thomas said...

Classic opening! It's a undervalued movie, really.

Btw... I just love your blog.

Ned Merrill said...

Love it! Like J.D., the first thing that pops out are those wonderfully garish, red titles. Man, I think I want to take the train down to Bay Ridge now and hit up the pizza man with, "2. 2. Gimme 2!"

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Thomas,
I really appreciate that.

JD,
I get a jolt everytime I see it. Travolta, The Brothers Gibb, that bright red font and New York in the seventies all just cut perfectly. Thanks for commenting!

Ned,
Save me a slice cause I am in the train right behind you.

John Medd said...

I watched it a few weeks ago having not seen it since it came out 30+ years ago: and you have to say that, even then, Travolta had it in spades - whatever 'it' is.

Will Errickson said...

Watched this on TCM the other night, and realized I'd only ever seen the PG version! Wow.

Thomas said...

You're welcome Jeremy.

What I meant with the movie being undervalued, was that most people remember it for the dancing and the music. And while the soundtrack IS fantastic, I wish that more folks would give it credit, for being such a strong portrait of youth.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thomas,
I totally agree with you. It's often overlooked as just a pop-culture artifact but this is, simply put, one of the best and most important films of the seventies. Thanks for the continuing comments. I am glad this post brought out some love for this amazing film.

Jaquandor said...

I never thought about the font until someone mentioned it right here in this thread, but now I notice that it's the same font they used in the titles of "American Graffiti" (and, later, on the TV show "Happy Days"). But the "Graffiti" titles are in cheerful yellow, where here they're in bright and garish red. Interesting.

(Followed Sheila O'Malley's link to get here, BTW.)

Ned Merrill said...

Jeremy,

Your SNF post inspired one of my own last week and I gave you a nod. Check it out:

http://knifeinthehead.blogspot.com/2010/03/thats-our-train-we-gotta-make-it.html

BTW, dig that Johnny Travolta image on top of the blog!

fate said...

I did not like this film the first time I saw because..I was 13 at the time.I saw it again as an adult.I found it easier to relate to the characters.The hard reality style story & superior acting was overshadowed by the music &dancing.