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Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design

Jan-Christopher Horak


Saul Bass defined an era. He designed movie posters, studio publicity, credit sequences for films, and corporate logos from the 1940s to the 1990s, and he was an Academy Award–winning filmmaker. As a result, Bass changed the look of both film advertising and cinema itself. Bass’s advertising, poster designs, and title sequences for Hollywood feature films were extremely innovative in terms of their formal design, use of iconography, and narrative content. All his film-related work incorporated aesthetic concepts borrowed from European modernist art and avant-garde cinema, creating a new, Ameri ... More

Keywords: Saul Bass, film title design, modernist art, studio publicity, film posters, avant-garde film, Hollywood film production, film authorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813147185
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813147185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan-Christopher Horak, author
University of California, Los Angeles