This article is a survey of forms and functions of title sequences in film. Using a scattered but substantial base of references, it seeks to contribute to the analysis of this ingenious cinematic form. In particular, it proposes to read the title sequence as self-reflexive, namely, as a reading of the film itself in which the title sequence is integrated. Through their distinguishing functional characteristics, title sequences stand in as representative of an alternate kind of movie.
Stanitzek, Georg (2009): „Reading the Title Sequence (Vorspann / Générique)“, in: Cinema Journal 48 (4), S. 44–58.