A Closer Look: Inside HBO’s City (1983)

“When HBO decided to create an opening to introduce our exciting new programming, we didn’t want just a sign, we wanted to communicate to the viewers that when they turned on HBO they were tuning in an entertainment center. ” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A behind the scenes look at how the people at HBO created their amazing intro that was used throughout the 80’s.

My Take on it – As a child of the 80’s, I had the opportunity to watch movies on cable as the medium started to become really popular.

I will always have find memories of HBO since it was the only pay movie channel that my parents chose to pay for.

I recall scouring the cable guide every month in order to see what movies I wanted to watch and I would circle each entry with lots of anticipation.

Whenever I would watch a movie on HBO, it would begin with the amazing intro that they created that would always make me feel as if I am not really just experiencing this movie in our living room.

To this day, nearly 40 years later, I still have find memories of the intro and the music brings joy to me even when just thinking about it.

I recently saw a tweet from @LunchtimeMovie that reminded me of this intro through an article written on MovieHouseMemories.com

Through these two references, I was able to get to a copy of the behind the scenes short film about how this intro was created and I was enthralled by it.

This film is only 10 minutes long, yet it is able to explain to me why I still have such fond memories of this 1 minute  long introduction to films on HBO.

The intro was able to bolster the feelings that I had in anticipation of the upcoming film and at the same time, it was able to make me feel as if I no longer was in my living room, but was actually in a theater watching things take place on a big screen.

This film has some great interviews with the conceptual and physical artists who created the ideas for this intro and it’s amazing watching how the concepts came to be.

This is quite fascinating to absorb all of this first hand information especially when it seems as if it was so simple creating the effects shown here.

I truly love how much this intro has affected me over the years and this film gives me so much insight into how much work went into creating and executing such an endeavor that ultimately doesn’t take a very long time to appear on screen, but can have a lasting effect on a viewer decades later.

Bottom Line – Amazing look at how this intro was created especially at a time when it was able to both bolster the feelings of the viewer before the film and also create a feeling that one isn’t just watching a film at home. The interviews with the artist behind the creating of the ideas and the concepts used here is fascinating to absorb because they might seem so simple, but they had such an amazing effect on cable over the years. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was shown before all HBO features in the early 1980’s. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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3 thoughts on “A Closer Look: Inside HBO’s City (1983)

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