17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass

Remaking movie posters into ultra-minimal cinematic tributes has been one of the Internet’s favorite past-times of late, but the staid results—while occasionally clever—lack heart. Passion. Excitement.

Like that of mid-century graphic design legend Saul Bass, who was the king of the film poster and title sequence. He managed to inject basic forms with a distinct energy and urgency and his work—often thick swathes of black backed in primary colors—feels alive, somehow capturing the same thrill as seeing the films up on the big screen.

Bass made his major stylistic mark between the charmingly twee advertisements during Hollywood’s early years and today’s clichéd, digitally-constructed stills. Google honored his May birthday with an extra-special Doodle, and now Film.com has pulled together a gallery of every single one of his movie posters (the mere sight of which had me heading over to Netflix to add and sort out my queue accordingly; such is the man’s incredible power!).

Superfans should also check out this monograph, which offers a comprehensive look at the man and his work with tons of great pics of his tinseltown stylings as well as extensive corporate identity, logo, and branding projects. [Film.com via @brainpicker]


The Big Country, 1958

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


The Man With The Golden Arm, 1955

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Very Happy Alexander, 1968

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


One, Two, Three, 1961

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Such Good Friends, 1971

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


The Fixer, 1968

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Vertigo, 1958

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


The Shining, 1980

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


The Double McGuffin, 1979.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Schindler's List, 1993.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


The Human Factor, 1979.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Anatomy of a Murder, 1959.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Spartacus, 1960.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


The Firemen's Ball, 1967.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Seconds, 1966.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Nine Hours to Rama, 1963.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Advise & Consent, 1962.

17 of the Coolest Film Posters Designed By Minimalist Legend Saul Bass


Side note to San Franciscans: that hometown classic Vertigo is playing at the Castro Theatre this weekend!

And to the rest of y’all: what’s your favorite cinematic Saul Bass moment?