Thursday, February 8, 2007

Without Saul Bass (1920-1966) Otto Premiger's The Man With the Golden Arm (1956) would not have the same visual appeal. Bass created a style for movie credits. His design for this famous sequence borrows from Bauhaus and a bit of Constructivism (the music score is by Elmer Bernstein). Bass went on to work with Hollywood luminaries such as Hitchcock (in "Vertigo" and "Psycho"), Robert Aldrich ("The Big Knife"), Kubrick ("The Shining") and Scorsese ("GoodFellas"). Bass was born in the Bronx, and studied with Gyorgy Kepes, a hungarian designer and disciple of Moholy-Nagy.

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