Saul Bass Around the world in eighty days 1956 title sequence

Around the world in eighty days (1956)

Directed by: Michael Anderson
Starring: Cantinflas, David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich
Country: USA
Title sequence designed by: Saul Bass

The closing credits Saul Bass created for Around the world in eighty days were the longest and most expensive credits ever made, at the time. They cost $65,000.

Saul Bass Around the world in eighty days collage
A peek behind the scenes – click on the image for a larger version

Every frame of the title sequence was handmade. The following video is quite impressive if you realize Photoshop or After Effects weren’t available back then.


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