A brief visual history of some of Saul Bass’s most celebrated work in title design can be seen in this video short by Art of the Title.
Saul Bass revolutionized film title and credit sequence design. He had the ability to grasp the very essence of a film and present it in such a way that in an opening sequence lasting just a few minutes he could convey the atmosphere and premise of the film to come. Under his influence the title sequence became an extension of the film, as well as an art form in its own right, with the capacity to symbolize and summarize what the audience was about to experience.
Read more about Saul Bass here.
Here is the full film listing from the video:
Carmen Jones (1954)
The Big Knife (1955)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
West Side Story (1961)
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
Nine Hours to Rama (1963)
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)
Not with My Wife, You Don’t! (1966)
Grand Prix (1966)
That’s Entertainment, Part II (1976)
The War of the Roses (1989)
Cape Fear (1991)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Credits: Editor: Ian Albinson (artofthetitle.com)