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http://www.annyas.com/screenshots/upd... Title sequence designed by Saul Bass, from the film "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955), directed by Otto Preminger, starring Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker and Kim Novak.

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on September 19, 2013 at 12:58am

Saul Bass - The man with the golden arm (1955) title sequence

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)


Directed by: Otto Preminger
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak
Country: USA
Title sequence designed by: Saul Bass

‘THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM’ was the second of 13 title sequences Saul Bass designed for director Otto Preminger.
Carmen Jones (1954) + The man with the golden arm (1955) + Saint Joan (1957) + Bonjour tristesse (1958) + Anatomy of a murder (1959) + Exodus (1960) + Advise & consent (1962) + The Cardinal (1963) + In harm’s way (1965) + Bunny Lake is missing (1965) + Such good friends (1971) + Rosebud (1975) + The human factor (1979)

When director Otto Preminger asked Saul Bass to design a poster for the film he was so taken by the “jagged arm” symbol that he asked Bass to design titles using the same elements.
The subject of the film was a jazz musician’s struggle to overcome his heroin addiction, a taboo subject in the mid-’50s. Bass decided to create a controversial title sequence to match the film’s controversial subject. He chose the arm as the central image, as the arm is a strong image relating to drug addiction. The titles featured an animated, black paper cut-out arm of a heroin addict and caused quite a sensation.

“PROJECTIONISTS – PULL CURTAIN BEFORE TITLES”.

This is the text of a note that was stuck on the cans when the reels of film for “The Man With the Golden Arm” arrived at US movie theatres in 1955.
Before the mid-1950s, all credits were shown at the beginning of a film. These sequences were often quite static. Audiences resented them and projectionists only pulled back the curtains to reveal the screen once they’d finished.

The title sequence Bass created for The man with the golden arm would change this for good and set the bar for what has become an essential popular art.

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