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Watch: 55-Minute Documentary On Movie Title Master Saul Bass

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 2:27 PM
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There's a real art to the movie title sequence, one that's all too often overlooked these days (think of how many movies this year have had truly memorable ones). And the master of them was Saul Bass. From films by Alfred Hitchcock to pictures by Martin Scorsese, Bass was behind many of the most distinctive and evocative title sequences, for some of the greatest films ever made.
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20 Oddball Sci-Fi Films Of The 1970s

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2013 1:30 PM
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Somewhere between 1968's “2001: A Space Odyssey” and 1977's “Star Wars” something happened in the culture. Storytellers, perhaps inspired by the way the hippie, counter-culture was fizzling out, combined with the still-dragging-on war in Vietnam, and post-Watergate disillusion, began to look at the future in a somewhat darker, more idiosyncratic way than had been the case before, with recurring themes of environmental disaster, utopias gone sour, and the end of all things.

Saul Bass' Lost Original Ending For 'Phase IV' Discovered In Los Angeles

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 26, 2012 9:43 AM
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Since its inception in 2007, Los Angeles' revival house Cinefamily has slowly become one of the city's most diverse and exciting places, hosting screenings of cult classics and current releases alike with special events galore. They've made a habit of digging up gems and developing a themed week around them (such as the stand-up comedy “A Thousand Clowns” with Jason Robards), but recently, during a week devoted to artist/designer Saul Bass' storied career, they managed to change film history.
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10 Of Saul Bass' Greatest Title Sequences

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 25, 2012 12:22 PM
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The art of movie titles is becoming an increasingly lost one: aside from a few films (the Bond movies) and directors (Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Jason Reitman always take particular care over their credit sequences), it feels like relatively little care is taken over such things, with many movies dumping them altogether. And it's hard not to put that down to the fact that we don't have Saul Bass around anymore.

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