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Saul Bass : anatomy of film design

Author: Jan-Christopher Horak
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2014]
Series: Screen classics (Lexington, Ky.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Iconic graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920-1996) defined an innovative era in cinema. His title sequences for films such as Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and North by Northwest (1959), and Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (1955) introduced the idea that opening credits could tell a story,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Saul Bass; Saul Bass
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jan-Christopher Horak
ISBN: 9780813147185 0813147182 0813147204 9780813147208
OCLC Number: 876686064
Description: 452 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Qui êtes-vous, Saul Bass? --
Designer and filmmaker --
Film titles: theory and practice --
Creating a mood: pars pro toto --
Modernism's multiplicity of views --
The urban landscape --
Journeys of discovery: seeing is knowledge --
Civilization: organizing knowledge through communication.
Series Title: Screen classics (Lexington, Ky.)
Responsibility: Jan-Christopher Horak.

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Iconic graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920-1996) defined an innovative era in cinema. His title sequences for films such as Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and North by Northwest (1959), and Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (1955) introduced the idea that opening credits could tell a story, setting the mood for the movie to follow. Bass's stylistic influence can be seen in popular Hollywood franchises from the Pink Panther to James Bond, as well as in more contemporary works such as Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002) and television's Mad Men. The first book to examine the life and work of this fascinating figure, Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design explores the designer's revolutionary career and his lasting impact on the entertainment and advertising industries. Jan-Christopher Horak traces Bass from his humble beginnings as a self-taught artist to his professional peak, when auteur directors like Stanley Kubrick, Robert Aldrich, and Martin Scorsese sought him as a collaborator. He also discusses how Bass incorporated aesthetic concepts borrowed from modern art in his work, presenting them in a new way that made them easily recognizable to the public. This long-overdue book sheds light on the creative process of the undisputed master of film title design--a man whose multidimensional talents and unique ability to blend high art and commercial imperatives profoundly influenced generations of filmmakers, designers, and advertisers.

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