Saturday, November 25, 2017

Architect of Film: Saul Bass, Title Design for "Casino" [1995]

Casino [1995]
Beginning with the choristers' explosion of voices in J.S. Bach's Matthäuspassion, playing under the literal explosion of an automobile into a ball of fire, Bass's titles bleed into a churning montage of saturated colors, and vivid, abstracted views of the title location's blinking marquee lights. With the figure of our story's (dead) narrator floating in fiery space at the beginning, and again at the end of the sequence, we are given an aptly seductive introduction to the glamorous vocation & ignominious demise of the story's lead character, the mafia-employed, chief enforcer of a seductive, 1970s Las Vegas ...... Casino.       


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