"At times, a title sequence outshines the film that follows, at others, it’s a missed opportunity. This one, however, wears its seams face-out, calling attention to itself while maintaining an intimate hold on the larger themes at play. Both prologue and epilogue, this title sequence runs through the events of the film in a way that is at once revealing and reticent. The sepia tone, beginning with the tinted 20th Century Fox logo, carried through the title sequence, and paired with a melancholy piece of music composed by Burt Bacharach, places the story firmly in the mythic past. The newsreel fittingly resembles the famous 1903 short The Great Train Robbery and sets the proceedings up as a metafilm — a film acknowledging its own artifice. We wonder: how much of this is true?"
Film The Art of the Title considers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid which evoked the westerns of the silent era to symbolically bookend what was becoming a dying genre:
Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014