Saul Bass title sequence Casino 1995

Casino (1995)

Directed by: 
Martin Scorsese
Starring: 
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, Frank Vincent
Country: 
USA

Title design: 
Elaine & Saul Bass


‘CASINO’ was the seventh of ten title sequences Saul Bass designed with his wife Elaine and the fifth of five sequences Bass designed for Martin Scorsese:
Goodfellas (1990) + Cape Fear (1991) + The Age of Innocence (1993) + A personal journey with Martin Scorsese through American movies (1995) + Casino (1995)

I had the honor of working with Saul and Elaine Bass on the title sequences of four pictures in a row. Each time they would study the film, take a few months, and then send us back a test that exceeded my wildest expectations. The simple, speeding graphic of the Goodfellas (1990) titles synced to the sound of speeding cars on an expressway … the ominous, wavering reflections in water of phantom images that began Cape fear (1991) … the endlessly blooming flowers, like love renewing itself again and again, under layers of lace for The age of innocence (1993) … the form of a man falling through a neon hell in Casino (1995).

These title sequences didn’t just complement my pictures, they gave them another layer, embodying the themes and the emotions in a way that led viewers into the mystery of the film without giving it all away. And, of course, every sequence was different in style and approach.

There’s a story about someone seeing the titles for Wyler’s The big country (1958) and remarking to Saul that it “didn’t look like a Saul Bass sequence.” There was only the movie – not the script, but the living movie.

There was only one Saul Bass. He was a gentleman, a brilliant raconteur, a marvelous collaborator and, as I’ve said before, a truly great artist. And – let’s be honest – a giant.

— Martin Scorsese – “Saul Bass’ cinematic art,” February 2010 issue of Architectural Digest

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