Friday, August 19, 2005
Site of the Weekend
If you like movies, especially opening credits, you'll love this. It's a site dedicated to Saul Bass and contains many examples of credits he designed for films (including Anatomy of a Murder, North by Northwest, Spartacus and many more). The site allows you to pick a film and then flip through the credits frame by frame; great fun. Me, I love movie credits; not long ago I sat watching a film called The Wrong Guy, starring Dave Foley, in great anticipation because the credits (clearly inspired by Charade and other chase films) were so much fun. Unfortunately, the credits turned out to be the best part of the movie - although I'll still give it a limp thumb up for the scene in which Colm Feore (playing a hired killer disguised as a priest) busts out of his motel room with guns blazing. And then somersaults off the balcony onto a car roof. Oh yeah.
Bass worked with master film directors including Otto Preminger and Alfred Hitchcock (in fact, he co-directed the shower scene in Psycho). It has been said that if you go to a movie in which Bass designed the credits, you can walk out of the film after the first three minutes because he shows you exactly what's going to happen. Go to the site and judge for yourself.