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

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by Oliver Lyttelton
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. 

We're big Bass fans here at the Playlist, of both his title sequences (we featured some of our favorites here) and of his underseen sole directorial effort "Phase IV," so we were delighted when our friends at Film.com dug up a documentary today called "Saul Bass: Title Champ." Clocking in at just under an hour, and directed by Gary Leva, we haven't seen it all the way through yet, but what we have seen is excellent stuff that we're looking forward to digging into more. Take a look below, and head over to Film.com every day for their excellent Daily Short series.


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  • Sacredfighter | August 28, 2013 11:13 AMReply

    Hey guys, you obviously didn't watch the video before you posted it, just as the original vimeo user did.

    This documentary is actually titled "Partners in Crime - Hitchcock's Collaborators" which was first included in the 2008 DVD set of "Vertigo." (later included in the Blu-Ray as well)

    It contains four short featurettes:

    Saul Bass - Title Champ
    Edith Head - Dressing the Master's Movies
    Bernard Herrmann - Hitchcock's Maestro
    Alma - The Master's Muse

  • Leigh | August 13, 2013 4:24 AMReply

    Do you guys even watch these things before post them? There is a Saul Bass part during the first 10 minutes and that's it. Oliver Lyttelton ain't doing his job. He's obviously half assing shit. Don't like crap like this ruin one of the better movie sites.

  • Jimbo | August 12, 2013 4:57 PMReply

    Wonderful surprise to find it's actually about Edna Mode (sorry, Edith Head) and Bernard Herrmann and Alma too. Definitely worth watching.

  • Will Perkins | August 12, 2013 2:57 PMReply

    There's actually only about 10 minutes worth of Bass material in there. The rest is about some of Hitchcock's other collaborators, like Bernard Hermann.

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