Watch ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Opening Title Sequence

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 opening credit sequence
Photo: Columbia Pictures

I’ve been wanting to post this video ever since I first saw the opening title sequence for David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and now it’s finally available for everyone to watch and I’ve also included 13 screen captures from the credit sequence, one just below the video and the other 12 on page two.

The sequence is set to the Trent Reznor‘s remix of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” sung by Karen O. and the visuals were created by Blur Studios and the title sequence’s creative director, Tim Miller who recently spoke with io9 and had this to say about the sequence’s inspiration:

[The title sequence] was always supposed to be a very abstract version of key moments in the book and about Lisbeth. It was really supposed to be her nightmare sequence. Being a hacker is such a big part of her personality and who she was, we needed some imagery for that but it’s kind of hard to represent that abstractly. So the ones we came up with were the keyboard elements.

In my review of the film I described the moment as follows: “[T]he music shifts into something of a Nine Inch Nails interpretation of a James Bond title sequence. Carbon fiber imagery begins dripping as oily hands crush soft, anonymous faces and dragons spew fire in a plastic cacophony energized by an industrial remix of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’. It’s entirely out of place, but if it’s your kind of thing, as it is mine, it certainly gets you in the mood to watch a movie.”

You can watch the sequence for yourself, though experiencing it in the theater is really the way to go, directly below and io9 also has some early animatics from the sequence’s creation as well as more from Miller on how it came into being right here.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 opening credit sequence
Photo: Columbia Pictures

I’ve included 12 more screen captures from the opening titles on the next page.

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