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Saul Bass Titles

USA, 1967 (MIFF 1977)

Director: Saul Bass

Saul Bass is a film maker and designer who extended the art of the film to its listing of credits with his work on Carmen Jones. This innovation was followed soon after, by his distinctive 'arm' symbol for the film The Man With the Golden Arm.

The problem of long credits for already long films was handled by Saul Bass in characteristically innovative fashion. He animated them into an epilogue conceived as an experience in its own right for Around the World in 80 Days. This was followed by the live-action epilogue for West Side Story, the stalking cat for Walk on the Wild Side, the titles for Vertigo, Anatomy of a Murder, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and many others.

Saul Bass has also made a number of outstanding documentary films which were prizewinners at numerous international festivals, including Melbourne, amongst them: Why Man Creates and The Searching Eye. He has recently directed his first full-length feature film, Phase IV.

This collection of credit titles selected by Saul Bass, is taken from the following films: Walk on the Wild Side, Seconds, The Victors, It's a Mad. Mad, Mad. Mad World, Nine Hours to Rama, Big Country, West Side Story, Grand Prix.

See also...

100 Years of the Telephone

A whimsical three-minute animated history of the telephone, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the invention of the telephone. ... More »

Notes on the Popular Arts

Using live action, animation and special effects, the film demonstrates how the popular arts in America serve as vehicles for 'self-projection, experience-expansion, and fantasy fulfilment'. ... More »

Why Man Creates

Eight separate explorations, episodes, comments on creativity, each segment employing its own style and technique to make its appropriate statement—this is the latest work of Saul Bass ... More »

From Here to There

The film deals, in kaleidoscopic form, with the exciting human experience of flight. ... More »

The Searching Eye

The film accompanies a small boy as he walks along the beach and finds ordinary objects which reveal unsuspected worlds of intense visual experience. ... More »

Eclipse of the Sun Virgin

Kuchar's Fireworks, an obsessive autobiographical vignette, which like Kenneth Anger's film, ends in violence (a few frames from a medical instruction film). Instead of sexual fantasy, though, Kuchar ... More »

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