17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

By Gizmodo on at

Remaking movie posters into ultra-minimal cinematic tributes has been one of the internet’s favourite 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 honoured 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]


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

The Big Country, 1958


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

The Man With The Golden Arm, 1955


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Very Happy Alexander, 1968


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

One, Two, Three, 1961


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Such Good Friends, 1971


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

The Fixer, 1968


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Vertigo, 1958


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

The Shining, 1980


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

The Double McGuffin, 1979.


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Schindler's List, 1993.


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

The Human Factor, 1979.


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Anatomy of a Murder, 1959.


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Spartacus, 1960.


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

The Firemen's Ball, 1967.


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Seconds, 1966.


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Nine Hours to Rama, 1963.


17 of the Coolest Minimalist Movie Posters Saul Bass Ever Designed

Advise & Consent, 1962.