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The storied reputation of Saul Bass

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The NYT discusses Saul Bass’ work as a title sequence designer:

Working closely with Elaine Makatura, who joined his studio in 1954 and became his second wife, Bass designed title sequences for several dozen movies by the late 1960s. His repertory ranged from the terrifying staccato bars hurtling across the screen in the opening titles of “Psycho” and the fraught preparations for a rally in “Grand Prix,” to the majestic spectacle of decaying Roman statues for “Spartacus” and a comical animated pastiche of the whole of “Around the World in 80 Days.”

To celebrate his engagement to Makatura, Bass even allowed himself a joke. The closing credits for “West Side Story” are “written” as graffiti on the New York streets, including the initials “SB” and “EM” inside a heart.

Bass is best known to us ALPHA alumni as the Oscar-winning writer/director of “Why Man Creates”. His “Phase IV” is a must-see for fans of “killer bug” horror films.


Written by camcarlson

November 7, 2011 at 11:16 PM

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