Jim Sheridan’s film In the Name of the Father strikes me as having a particularly strong opening. It’s not the literal opening image — a corner pub — that tells us anything especially significant but the brief sequence it introduces.
Before we see anything, we hear (Bono & Gavin Friday). The music sets the mood for the film. It is at once distressing and enticing. I first saw the film on video, but if I’d been in a movie theater, I imagine I would have felt as well as heard the music – sound is touch, after all.
In The Dramatist’s Toolkit, Jeffrey Sweet writes:
Many of the great dramatists had a flair for heightening the effect of their scenes by choosing unusual or particularly dramatic objects.