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It's not only how you start, it's how you finish
There's such emphasis on giving a picture a big opening — not in the debut weekend box-office sense of the phrase, but in starting the film itself off with a bang. Often, existing music sets the fuse and seals the deal. Think of the Dick Dale surf guitar blast launching us into the propulsively sleazy environs of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." Or the way "Rock Around the Clock" announced a world of social anxiety (such an innocent song today; such an affront to audiences back in 1955) in "Blackboard Jungle." Or "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy, setting the tone so swiftly and well (Rosie Perez didn't hurt) at the top of "Do the Right Thing."
July 26, 2013