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The Academy and MoMA Celebrate Graphic Designer Saul Bass

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 8, 2011 at 2:12PM

Saul Bass, one of the great designers of film posters and opening title sequences for the likes of Hitchcock, Preminger and Scorsese, is getting his day in the sun. The Motion Picture Academy and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are both presenting "Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design" on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at MoMA in New York City.
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Vertigo poster designed by Saul Bass
Vertigo poster designed by Saul Bass

Saul Bass, one of the great designers of film posters and opening title sequences for the likes of Hitchcock, Preminger and Scorsese, is getting his day in the sun. The Motion Picture Academy and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are both presenting "Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design" on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at MoMA in New York City.

On the program are design historian Pat Kirkham, designer/writer Chip Kidd and graphic designer Kyle Cooper (opening titles for Seven (1995), X-Men: First Class (2011), the Spider-Man trilogy). Part of To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation, the program will premiere the Academy Film Archive's new restoration of Bass's Oscar®-winning short Why Man Creates (1968).  Bass died in 1996.

The event is also timed for the release of Kirkham's new book Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, designed by Saul's daughter Jennifer.

 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.