I'm not a huge fan of establishing shots, yet the credit sequence of Dog Day Afternoon, which is nothing but a montage (set to an Elton John song) that keys us in to place and temperature, works extremely well. It's a travelogue of the NYC of my youth, and it does succeed in setting the mood and tone of the film. The way Sonny and Sal suddenly appear towards the end is kind of wonderful.
The alt-text clue refers to the aforementioned Elton song, Amoreena, which comes after Love Song on Tumbleweed Connection.
I'd like to thank quiz regular JKM, who identified the film on the marquee as Linda Can't Stop aka The Big Thing, starring Tina Russell and Jamie Gillis. There was some behind-the-scenes discussion about which theater that is, yet nothing conclusive. It's proximity to an elevated subway rules out Manhattan, but that still leaves a handful possibilities in three other boroughs.
I appreciate the comments left re: film students in the 90s. Yes, this was the era when everybody wanted to be the next Tarantino, sign a deal with Harvey & Bob, etc. I do agree with Urko's assessment that things are improving, though I still feel many of today's young filmmakers could do with a bit more time spent in the dark with those that came before them.
This week -- back to the stylish credit sequence. This comes from a film that even I was surprised I liked. Submit your answers to this address. Good luck!