Saul Bass Title Screens

Movie Title Screens

 

Saul Bass-Designed

Movie Title Screens - Saul Bass Films: Title screens are the initial titles, usually projected at the beginning of a film, and following the logos of the film studio. They are often an ignored aspect of films, although they reflect the time period or era of the film, the mood or design of the film, and much more.

The famed graphic designer Saul Bass made his most lasting impact on the movies, with his designs for movie title screens. The normal and staid method for film credits was to perfunctorily present names and titles on cards, or against an unmoving backdrop. He was known as the man who invented the opening credit sequence - he incorporated the title screen into the film itself with striking images. He transformed and elevated static title screens into stylized, moving works of art, first most dramatically with his jagged, twisted and deconstructed forearm that moved (a symbol of heroin addiction) for The Man With the Golden Arm (1955). Bass' first innovative credit sequence was for Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones (1954), using an animated flaming rose. He was able to select one emblematic, identifying image which symbolized the movie, and incorporate it into the title screen.

His designer wife Nina Saxon also had more than 100 titles to her credit, while Saul Bass produced about 60 title screens (some uncredited) - with some of them co-created with her. Bass' most memorable creations were the segmented deconstructed body for Anatomy of a Murder (1959), the aerial camera swoop across Manhattan before a zoom-in on a schoolyard in West Side Story (1961), and a black alley cat walking through the titles of Walk on the Wild Side (1962). His most daring innovation was a 7-minute recreation of the story of Around the World in 80 Days (1956) - an end-credit sequence.

Other memorable works included his horizontal lines creations for Hitchcock's films, including North by Northwest (1959) with its facades of skyscrapers, the vertical bars (symbolizing schizophrenia) for Psycho (1960), and Vertigo (1958) with its hypnotic vortex of blood-red spinning spirals, and the LED-inspired opening of Ocean's Eleven (1960). In his later years, he produced the titles for Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993) (with blossoming rose petals) and Casino (1995) - with the striking image of the main character blasted by a car bomb through a Las Vegas Strip casino's neon into the fiery inferno of hell.

Other pages with title screens include All-Time Top Summer Blockbusters, Greatest Film Franchises (Box-Office), Highest-Grossing Films by Genre, Great War Films, Greatest Guy Movies of All-Time, and the Pixar-Disney Animations.


Movie Title Screens Index
Best Pictures | James Bond Films | Film Studio Logos | Saul Bass
100 Years of Title Screens (1900-1919) | (1920-1929) | (1930-1939) | (1940-1949) | (1950-1959) | (1960-1969)
(1970-1979) | (1980-1989) | (1990-1999) | (2000-2009) | (2010-now) | Film Noir (1940s) | Film Noir (1950s)
Hitchcock Films | Greatest Westerns | Creature-Features of the 1950s
Filmsite's 100 Greatest Films | Filmsite's Another 100 Films | Filmsite's Third 100 Films



Saul Bass-Designed Title Screens
1950s

Carmen Jones (1954)

The Big Knife (1955)

The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)

The Racers (1955)

The Seven Year Itch (1955)
The Shrike (1955)

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Attack (1956)

Johnny Concho (1956)

Storm Center (1956)

Trapeze (1956)

Edge of the City (1957)

The Pride and the Passion (1957)

(Bernard Shaw's) Saint Joan (1957)

The Young Stranger (1957)

The Big Country (1958)

Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Cowboy (1958)

Vertigo (1958)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

North by Northwest (1959)
       
         
1960s

Exodus (1960)

The Facts of Life (1960)

Ocean's Eleven (1960)

Psycho (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

Something Wild (1961)

West Side Story (1961)

Advise & Consent (1962)

Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

The Cardinal (1963)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Nine Hours to Rama (1963)

The Victors (1963)

Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)

In Harm's Way (1965)

Grand Prix (1966)

Not With My Wife, You Don't! (1966)

Seconds (1966)
   
         
1970s

Such Good Friends (1971)

Phase IV (1974)

Rosebud (1975)

That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

Alien (1979)

The Human Factor (1979)
       
         
1980s

Broadcast News (1987)

Big (1988)

The War of the Roses (1989)
 
         
1990s

GoodFellas (1990)

Cape Fear (1991)

Doc Hollywood (1991)

Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)

Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)

Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Casino (1995)

Higher Learning (1995)

A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
 

Psycho (1998)
(same design as 1960, with different names)
       


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