Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters (book review)


Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters book review

By Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham

Laurence King Publishing

September 2016, £19.95




You know when you're looking at a Saul Bass design (or someone ripping him off). The deceptively simple style, the direct focus, the twisted shapes, the solid colours, the striking fonts, the fact that you've been staring at it for way too long as the story within creeps out to greet you... Yes, this is the work of a master.

For Hitchcock he helped craft the opening titles to North by Northwest, the crooked text for Psycho and the iconic poster for Vertigo. He designed the titles for Scorsese's Cape Fear. You've probably seen his logos (everything from AT&T to Geffen Records) and he was even an Oscar winning short filmmaker. Saul Bass was, and remains, an incredibly iconic artist and shining light of the minimalist artistic movement that defined postwar America.

This wonderful poster book brings together some of his most well known works designing promotional art for films as well as some more under the radar ones (including his last great work for Spielberg's Schindler's List which, while brilliant, was ultimately rejected).

Each poster is removable and designed to fit the standard frame size 12 x 16 inches. The posters included are: The Man with the Golden Arm; Saint Joan; Love in the Afternoon; Bonjour Tristesse; The Big Country; Vertigo; Anatomy of a Murder; Exodus; Spartacus; The Magnificent Seven; Advise & Consent; The Cardinal; In Harm's Way; Bunny Lake is Missing; Seconds; Grand Prix; The Fixer; Such Good Friends; The Shining; Schindler's List.

Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham and published by Laurence King in September 2016 is the first poster book dedicated to one of the greatest American designers of the Twentieth Century. It is a true essential for all interested in the history of film promotion or graphic design.

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