As they say, no-one can change the first impression. Therefore, the moment when a title character first steps onto the screen is extremely important for the audience. Directors and scriptwriters approach this task in different ways. Sometimes, more often than not, the introduction is accompanied by a song that reflects the character’s state of mind. On other occasions, there is a narrator who tells us all there is to know about the character. More still, sometimes we are treated to a collage of clips from a person’s life. I’ve picked the ones that I remember well and the most famous ones. Enjoy!
Saturday Night Fever. Tony Manero/John Travolta
Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk.
(watch from 00:15-02:30)
The Mask. Tina Carlyle/Cameron Diaz
Damn gurl, u fine…
The Big Lebowski. Jesus Quintana/John Turturro
It is a truth universally acknowledged that NOBODY fucks with the Jesus.
Annie Hall. Alvy Singer/Woody Allen
It is absolutely genius how in a couple of minutes we know everything there is to know about this guy.
The Graduate. Benjamin Braddock/Dustin Hoffman
On a little more sombre note.
A Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulin. Amélie Poulin/Audrey Tautou
Dr No. James Bond/Sean Connery
Sean Connery’s first appearance as 007.
Dead Poets Society. John Keating/Robin Williams
Ever since I watched this film, I’ve always wanted to do the same to my textbooks. This is the first time the boys meet Mr Keating.
Lawrence of Arabia. Ali/Omar Sharif
The best build-up ever!