Posted by: daveed | August 14, 2008

Saul Bass does Star Wars

With the impending release of a pure-CGI Star Wars film this week, and advance buzz already being less than laudatory, it was a thrill to stumble along this nod to retro-chic—a reimagined opening credits sequence for Star Wars as if the legendary Saul Bass designed it. (Note the use of music that so totally evokes 1960s cinematic cool. The track is “Machine” by the Buddy Rich Band.)

I love the energy, the vibrant color and larger-than-life sound. Even though the look is rooted in a period of cinema a good decade earlier, in its own way it reflects the emotional strengths of the film. Carefree, fun, and not taking itself too seriously. For instance, look at this sassy, devil-may-care look:

In just that one frame, it tells you nearly everything you need to know about her character. Anyway, in response to this, someone of course created a “Remastered Deluxe Edition.” Brilliant. Watch closely…

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  1. […] To speculate further, what if Saul Bass designed the opening credits to Star Wars? […]


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