Saul Bass title sequence Vertigo 1958

Saul Bass – Vertigo (1958) title sequence

Directed by: 
Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: 
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Studio: 
Paramount Pictures
Country: 
USA
Title design: 
Saul Bass
Fonts used: 
Clarendon, Trade Gothic

‘VERTIGO’ was the first of three title sequences Saul Bass designed for director Alfred Hitchcock:
Vertigo (1958) + North by northwest (1959) + Psycho (1960)
Related: an overview of almost all Saul Bass title sequences

“Bass fashioned title sequences into an art, creating in some cases, like Vertigo, a mini-film within a film. His graphic compositions in movement function as a prologue to the movie – setting the tone, providing the mood and foreshadowing the action.”

— Martin Scorsese



Related articles: Saul Bass logo design: then and now + Saul Bass’ movie posters: then and now + Saul Bass’ Vertigo movie poster design
Fifteen years after Bass’ death, a book about his work finally hit the shelves: Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design.


You’ll find more titles like “Vertigo” in the 1955-1959 and 1950s trailers sections.