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The film posters of Saul Bass at Kemistry Gallery

Tuesday, 08 March 2011 07:55
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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) © The British Film Institute / Saul Bass Estate

This exhibition brings a collection of the film posters of Saul Bass, film titles and film festival posters from the Lloyd Northover donation to the British Film Institute. The BFI's poster archive has kindly loaned the exhibits to make this show possible.

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Vertigo (1958)  © The British Film Institute / Saul Bass Estate

Saul Bass's work is instantly recognisable for its directness, its simplicity and the way it makes its meaning felt. Breaking all conventions in the 1950s and 60s, Bass virtually invented film titles as we know them today, and he was the first to synthesize movies into compelling trademark images.

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Anatomy of a Murder (1959) © The British Film Institute / Saul Bass Estate

In a period when graphic imagery can so easily be manipulated electronically, Bass reminds us that a strong idea is always at the heart of great design. His work, as reflected in this exhibition, is as refreshing today as ever.

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Nine Hours to Rama (1963) © The British Film Institute / Saul Bass Estate

Born in New York in 1920, Saul Bass moved to Los Angeles where he set up his own design studio in the 1950s. From this time until his death in 1996, Bass continued to work with Hollywood's leading directors, including Preminger, Hitchcock and Scorscese. In 1968 Bass received an Oscar for his own film How Man Creates, which he regarded as his seminal work.

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Bonjour Tristesse (1958) © The British Film Institute / Saul Bass Estate

Bass's authority derives not only from his film work; he is acknowledged as one of the 20th century's most successful corporate designers, responsible for (amongst others) the logos and identity systems for AT&T, United Airlines, Alcoa and Warner Communications.

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The Human Factor (1979) © The British Film Institute / Saul Bass Estate

Kemistry Gallery
43 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3PD

17th February - 17th March
Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Last modified on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:28

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