Saul Bass Nine Hours to Rama 1963 title sequence

Nine Hours to Rama (1963)

Directed by: Mark Robson
Starring: Horst Buchholz, José Ferrer, Valerie Gearon
Country: USA
The murder that changed the lives of millions! Title sequence designed by: Saul Bass

Saul Bass Nine Hours to Rama 1963 movie poster Nine hours to Rama (1963) movie poster – designed by Saul Bass
Saul Bass designed various movie posters for Nine hours to Rama. None of them were ever used.

From “Bass on titles,” an on-camera interview with Bass, about his work on title sequences:

“In these titles I came to grips with what I think is the most challenging aspect of any creative endeavor and that is to deal with ordinary things. Things that we know so well that we ceased to see them. Deal with them in a way that allows us to understand them again. In a sense it’s making the ordinary extraordinary. For instance: Nine hours to Rama is about the nine hours which preceded the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. By taking a clock – an ordinary object – an subjecting it to an unrelenting examination I hoped to create an intensification of one’s awareness of each moment.— Saul Bass

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