The Man With The Golden Arm

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Original poster design by Saul Bass (1955)

Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was an American graphic designer and Academy Award winning filmmaker, best known for his design of motion picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos.

During his 40-year career Bass worked with some of Hollywood’s most prominent filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Among his most famous title sequences are the animated paper cut-out of for Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm.

The Man with the Golden Arm is about a jazz musician’s struggle to overcome his heroin addiction, a taboo subject in the mid-1950s. Bass chose the arm as the central image, as it is a strong image relating to heroin addiction.

Bass once described his main goal for his work to ‘’try to reach for a simple, visual phrase that tells you what the picture is all about and evokes the essence of the story.” Bass had a goal of getting the audience to see familiar parts of their world in an unfamiliar way and “make the ordinary extraordinary.” (source: Wikipedia)

Parts Used: Rusted Chain, Clean Chain. Brake Bolts

  • Date: June 2, 2014
  • Filed under: Movies