A Brief History Of Saul Bass Title Sequences In GIFs

05.09.13 6 years ago

Saul Bass, the legendary graphic designer and filmmaker, would have been 93 on Wednesday. It’s crazy when you think about how iconic he has become. A number of modern movies and TV shows, from Catch Me If You Can to Archer, have drawn inspiration from Saul Bass’ title sequences, but none have come close the original work by the man himself. Let’s go back in time and relive some of his most famous titles, from his first movie (Carmen Jones) to his last (Casino).

Carmen Jones (1954), The Big Knife (1955)

The Man With The Golden Arm (1955), The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Vertigo (1958), Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)

North By Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960)

Ocean’s 11 (1960), Walk On The Wild Side (1962)

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Grand Prix (1966), Seconds (1966)

Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991)

The Age Of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995)

His work has spawned countless homages. Google celebrated his birthday by re-imagining his title sequences with its logo.

Many fans have reinterpreted their favorite TV shows’ opening credits with Bass in mind. Most notably, Lost, which got the Bass treatment three years ago.

And the same happened to Dexter.

GIFs made from The Title Design of Saul Bass.

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