Saul Bass (1920-1996) was an American graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, best known for his design of motion-picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos. His poster work spanned five decades and inspired numerous other poster and graphic designers. Bass's film posters are characterized by a distinctive typography and minimalistic style.
The poster was designed by Saul Bass who also did the movie’s groundbreaking title sequence. It features hand-drawn male and female figures that are standing before a massive white spiral against a striking orange background.
Vertigo is a 1958 American film noir psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Bass's iconic Vertigo poster, with its stylized figures sucked down into the nucleus of a spiral vortex, captures the anxiety and disorientation central to the film.
Vertigo played around the world and the movie’s poster changed greatly to appeal to a local audience. English-speaking countries tended to keep Bass’s spiral while foreign-language markets largely did not. For example, The Japanese poster plays up the romantic elements of Vertigo. The Italian poster focuses on the psychological weirdness of the movie and duplicates the versions of Bass.
The poster is framed and glazed.
This print was a Gift Aided donation to FARA Clapham.