- Directed by:
- Martin Scorsese
- Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, Frank Vincent
‘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
More Saul Bass related articles: Saul Bass logo design: then and now + Saul Bass’ movie posters: then and now + Saul Bass’ Vertigo movie poster design
You’ll find more titles like “Casino” in the 1995-1999 section.