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Bass Notes: The Film Posters of Saul Bass

21st February 2011

Saturday afternoon Alex and I ventured down to the rainy streets of Shoreditch to check out a little gallery called Kemistry, on Charlotte Road. Exhibiting ‘Bass Notes: The Film Posters of Saul Bass’, the collection brings together some of Bass’ classic film posters, film titles and film festival posters from the Lloyd Northover donation to the BFI.

With a compendium of iconographic posters commissioned by influential directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick, Bass really sets the standard for effective cinema posters, giving a sense of the tone of a film long before the audience will have even seen it.

As a massive film fan and of course graphics, I found this to be the perfect exhibition, I only wish it was bigger. Viewing these pieces only reminds me that less is more. Incredible graphic work from a pre-digital age.

As the king of the film poster, no graphic designer has ever made a greater impact on the world of film, than that of Saul Bass. Check it out for yourself; Bass Notes: The Film Posters of Saul Bass, showing at Kemistry Gallery until 17th  March 2011.

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Christina Published by Christina 21st February 2011
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  • GRID

    Awesome stuff!!!

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    This one is really elegant. I am highly impressed to see the poster collection of this movie. And I have really found the worthy and classy movie posters from this post. The amazing designed and concept of those one really drives me on the most craziest way about it. Thanks for sharing some heart throbbing information about it. It’s really mind blowing.