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Saul Bass (1920–1996)


Saul Bass was born in New York City in 1920 and is a widely acclaimed graphic designer with a career spanning over 40 years. Among his most famous works are the title sequences for such classic films as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960). Bass used his innovative ideas and unique perspective of the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Why Man Creates Additional Crew
(1968)
North by Northwest Additional Crew
(1959)
Phase IV Additional Crew
(1974)
Quest Director
(1984)

Filmography

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 1998 Psycho (title designer)
 1995 Casino (title designer)
 1995 Century of Cinema (TV Series documentary) (title designer - 1 episode)
 1995 Higher Learning (title designer)
 1993 The Age of Innocence (title designer)
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night (title designer)
 1991 Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (Documentary) (title designer)
 1991 Cape Fear (title sequence)
 1991 Doc Hollywood (title designer)
 1990 Goodfellas (titles)
 1989 The War of the Roses (title sequence)
 1988 Big (title designer)
 1987 Broadcast News (title designer)
 1979 The Human Factor (titles)
 1976 Six Characters in Search of an Author (TV Movie) (main title design)
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (main credit titles: new sequences)
 1975 Rosebud (title designer)
 1974 Phase IV (title designer)
 1971 Such Good Friends (title designer - uncredited)
 1968 Why Man Creates (Documentary short) (titles - uncredited)
 1966 Grand Prix (title designer) / (visual consultant)
 1966 Not with My Wife, You Don't! (visual consultation & title)
 1966 Seconds (titles)
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing (title designer)
 1965 In Harm's Way (title designer)
 1963 The Cardinal (titles)
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (title designer)
 1961-1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series) (title designer - 9 episodes)
- Million Dollar Hospital (1963) ... (title designer)
- The Broken Year (1963) ... (title designer)
- Mr. Lucifer (1962) ... (title designer)
- Flashing Spikes (1962) ... (title designer)
- Seven Against the Sea (1962) ... (title designer)
 1963 Nine Hours to Rama (title designer)
 1962 Advise & Consent (titles designer)
 1962 Walk on the Wild Side (titles designer)
 1961 Something Wild (title designer)
 1961 West Side Story (titles)
 1960 Exodus (title designer)
 1960 The Facts of Life (title designer)
 1960 Spartacus (design consultant) / (main titles)
 1960 Ocean's Eleven (title design by)
 1960 Psycho (pictorial consultant) / (titles designed by)
 1959 North by Northwest (titles designed by)
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder (title designer)
 1958 The Big Country (titles designed by)
 1958 Vertigo (titles designer)
 1958 Bonjour Tristesse (title designer)
 1958 Cowboy (titles designed by)
 1957 The Pride and the Passion (title designer)
 1957 Saint Joan (title designer)
 1957 The Young Stranger (title designer - uncredited)
 1957 Edge of the City (title designer)
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days (title designer)
 1956 Attack (title designer - uncredited)
 1956 Johnny Concho (title designer - uncredited)
 1956 Storm Center (title designer)
 1955 The Man with the Golden Arm (title designer)
 1955 The Big Knife (title designer)
 1955 The Night of the Hunter (publicist - uncredited)
 1955 The Shrike (titles designer)
 1955 The Seven Year Itch (titles designed by)
 1955 The Racers (title designer)
 1954 Carmen Jones (titles designer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Jan-Christopher Horak: Anatomy of Film Design. Lexington, KY: Universit Press of Kentucky, 2014. ISBN 978-0-8131-4718-5 See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Spouse:

Elaine Bass  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Design is thinking made visible. See more »

Trivia:

It has been said that once you see the opening titles to a film that Saul Bass has done, you can walk out of the theatre because you know exactly what the film's about: he has shown you the entire thing in the first minute or so. See more »

Trademark:

Avant-garde title sequences and symbolic posters.

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