Reblogged » The Andromeda Strain (1971) — Art of the Title
The Andromeda Strain (1971) — Art of the Title.
The good folk over at The Art of the Title site provided an elegant critique, and video clip, of the title sequence used for this Robert Wise production:
“Scholar Alfred Pockran observed that, “A crisis is the sum of intuition and blind spots, a blend of facts noted and facts ignored” in his work Culture, Crisis, and Change — this is the heart of The Andromeda Strain and its emergency. The title sequence gives us the facts, inflicting upon us a prevailing sense of dread, and we intuit, correctly, that despite the reassurances of the preface, something wholly intolerable has happened.”
Certainly one of the turbulent 70s’ uniquely colorful best. With a pulsing Gil Mellé theme, the film’s graphical displays shift across the screen as a preview to technological and biological menace coming. Attila de Lado’s titles sequence a wonder for its sci-fi imagery fans of the novel and movie viewers appreciated.
Me included. Who knows, maybe it’s enough to get you to watch the film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s first best-seller, which my duo post partner Rachel and I will review tomorrow. Be sure to check out The Art of the Titles fine post and video clip.
3 Responses to “Reblogged » The Andromeda Strain (1971) — Art of the Title”
Wicked cool opening/title sequence, Michael!
One of the many reasons ‘The Andromeda Strain’ remains a favorite. Can’t imagine how bad a re-make or re-boot would be with a younger cast.
Oh, wait. Sy~Fy tried that a few years ago. And their offering bombed. Miserably!
Also like how the sequence only shows the near boilerplate cover sheet warnings about fines and incarceration of Treason and Espionage. Without going too deep into the meat and potatoes of the “study”.
An elegant and exquisite example of a “teaser”!
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Oh, yeah. That SyFy miniseries attempt awhile back. A mess on its own, and a miserable update to the Robert Wise film and the original Crichton novel. Thanks, Kevin! 🙂
[…] Even the god of his art, Albert Whitlock’s matte paintings augmented the central core sequences when the film entered its tense closing act. A fascinating Gil Mellé musical score, distinctive for the genre, which may be a tad dated today, made a remarkable entrance with The Andromeda Strain‘s exceptional opening titles sequence. […]