Director David Fincher: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has an amazing title sequence'

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“Most of what follows is true.”

At times, a title sequence outshines the film that follows, at others, it’s a missed opportunity. The opening to George Roy Hill's 1969 revisionist western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, however, wears its seams face-out, calling attention to itself while maintaining an intimate hold on the larger themes at play. As the sepia-toned newsreel acts out the story of the real-life bank robbers on which the film is based, we already feel the nostalgic hush of a legend long gone.

This opening sequence also had a huge effect on Director David Fincher, who said "I look at that movie and its title sequence and I think, 'That was a scene in the film — that was written in the script — but it was used in a completely different way.'"

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