Sunday, 20 March 2011

Saul Bass

Saul Bass made posters and title sequences and might even have choreographed the shower sequence in Psycho (1960). He probably is most famous for his work together with Hitchcock, but his collaboration with Otto Preminger is equally remarkable. And when Walk on the Wild Side (1962) came out, it was suggested that the only good thing about it was Bass's title sequence. In short, he was a master of his game and I'd like to do a little tribute. Here are some of his title sequences.

This is Carmen Jones (1954), his first screen credit and the first time he worked with Preminger:


Here's The Man With the Golden Arm (1955):


Here's Saint Joan (1957):


And the last Preminger shown here will be Bunny Lake is Missing (1965):


Here's The Big Knife (1955):


Bass and Scorsese made many films together. Here's The Age of Innocence (1993):


Then there's Storm Center (1956), which is an interesting film because it is one of the first that was an overt attack on McCarthyism. It is also the only film that screen writer Daniel Taradash also directed.


And here, last but not least, Walk on the Wild Side:


That'll be all for now, but there are plenty of others. Go look for yourselves!


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