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As The Criterion Channel places it: “there have been title sequences earlier than Saul Bass, and there have been title sequences after Saul Bass.” The graphic artist, born a century in the past on May eighth, modified the tempo, look, and really feel of motion-picture credit. From his innovatively kinetic graphic work on Carmen Jones and The Man with the Golden Arm, Bass spent his profession revolutionizing the artwork of the title, using every part from minimalist animation to live-action inserts, to time-lapse pictures to create each a local weather for the characteristic to observe and to encapsulate the temper, tone, and texture of the story itself. The film expertise, in Bass’ philosophy, was to take form from the very first body.

Bass solely directed one feature-length movie—the aesthetically putting and cooly apocalyptic Phase IV—and but his progressive graphic work enjoys one of the crucial influential legacies of any movie artist within the twentieth century. The Criterion Channel is presently celebrating Bass’ profession by streaming movies that includes his graphical work, in addition to his characteristic movie Phase IV. The streaming service is selling and the gathering with a trailer of the artist’s work, and the montage reveals, with out telling, that the person was a genius.

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The assortment is now out there for streaming and consists of: The Big Knife (Robert Aldrich, 1955), The Man with the Golden Arm (Otto Preminger, 1955), Around the World in 80 Days (Michael Anderson, 1956), Storm Center (Daniel Taradash, 1956), Bonjour tristesse (Otto Preminger, 1958), The Big Country (William Wyler, 1958), Cowboy (Delmer Daves, 1958), Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959), The Facts of Life (Melvin Frank, 1960), Ocean’s 11 (Lewis Milestone, 1960), Something Wild (Jack Garfein, 1961), West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961)*, Walk on the Wild Side (Edward Dmytryk, 1962), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer, 1963), Bunny Lake Is Missing (Otto Preminger, 1965), Grand Prix (John Frankenheimer, 1966)*, Seconds (John Frankenheimer, 1966), Phase IV (Saul Bass, 1974), The Human Factor (Otto Preminger, 1979), and The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993). Asterisked titles will arrive on the streaming platform on June 1st.

You can watch Criterion Channel’s ‘Saul Bass Turns 100’ trailer right here:

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This montage trailer was compiled by the advantageous of us over at The Criterion Channel, the streaming service of the Criterion Collection. The service options classics and discoveries from around the globe, thematically programmed with particular options.

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  • Here’s the Royal Ocean Film Society on the philosophy of Saul Bass’ work, what we will study from his profession, and the way we will apply these classes to different areas of filmmaking
  • Saul Bass’ recommendation to design college students (“study to attract!”)
  • After you watch Phase IV on Criterion Channel, try the MST3K commentary
  • From the AT&T Archives: Saul Bass’ pitch video for a Bell System emblem redesign
  • Another from the Royal Ocean Film Society:  a celebration of Saul Bass’ film poster designs
  • Here’s a video from Eyes on Cinema, the place Bass discusses the storyboarding for Psycho
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