Thursday, February 12, 2009

Saul Bass controversial title sequences for The Man with the Golden Arm prelude to North by Northwest, Psycho, Vertigo

Saul Bass became notorious in the industry after creating the title sequence for Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). The subject of the film was a jazz musician's struggle to overcome his heroin addiction, a taboo subject in the mid-'50s. Bass decided to create a controversial title sequence to match the film's controversial subject. He chose the arm as the central image, as the arm is a strong image relating to drug addiction. The titles featured an animated, black paper cut-out arm of a heroin addict. As he expected, it caused quite a sensation.

For Alfred Hitchcock, Bass provided effective, memorable title sequences, employing kinetic typography, for North by Northwest, Vertigo, working with John Whitney, and Psycho. It was this kind of innovative, revolutionary work that made Bass a revered graphic designer. His later work with Martin Scorsese saw him move away from the optical techniques that he had pioneered and move into computerized titles, from which he produced the title sequence for Casino.

He designed title sequences for 40 years, for films as diverse as Spartacus (1960), The Victors (1963), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and Casino (1995). He also designed title sequences for films such as Goodfellas (1990), Doc Hollywood (1991), Cape Fear (1991) and The Age of Innocence (1993), all of which feature new and innovative methods of production and startling graphic design.

Tweeple spellbound by Bell, Book and Candle

Mr_Fastbucks: @lileks Re: Vertigo - Jimmy and Kim went back for seconds in 1958. "Bell, Book and Candle" I had no idea. It's on now.
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100 Followers! Celebrating 31 Days of Oscar!

100 Followers! Thanks for celebrating 31 Days of Oscar! hope you're enjoying tweets.

White Heat: James Cagney ah di bosss yo!

JahPrince: James Cagney ah di bosss yo!
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peteramartin "Made, it, Ma! Top of the world!" not actually the last lines in the movie, but they should have been. from web
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dozespecialz: whats white heat
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BigBadBlonde: Working on the computer and watching "White Heat" with James Cagney at the same time. Fun!
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JahPrince: White Heat, Top of the World MA!!!
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TCManiacs: Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule re:White Heat (expand)
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TCManiacs: B-movie bad boy Steve Cochran landing roles in such film noir classics as White Heat
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abroadst: Going to lunch. Creamy casserole under heat lamp or salami on white bread? Mmmm... Oh yeah, it's worse than 200 West St.
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peteramartin: ah, White Heat on TCM - bliss
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National Velvet beloved Girl Power Flick

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    jaedid: watching national velvet. easily one of my favorite childhood movies.
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    lofigirl: omg national velvet is on!! yay i love this movie.
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    pat2pattern: Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet on TV - my dad used to say it was her best movie.
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    ewkrause: Watching National Velvet on TCM -- kinda nice to step away from all the news of the day, back to a gentler, sweeter time.
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