The Visual Peak: Saul Bass as Hitchcock’s ‘Pictorial Consultant’

  • Stefan Jung


Having obtained worldwide acclaim with his designs for Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Saul Bass (typographer, graphic designer, and Academy Award-winning director) contributed extensively to Alfred Hitchcock’s films. Using Bass’s designs for Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960), Jung examines the handiwork of Bass in detail, exploring his function as a graphic designer by using both official and off-the-record designs, including poster artwork, trailers, and titles. Jung’s argument explores the fundamental visual (and narrative) connections between the works of Hitchcock and Bass.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Jung
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  1. 1.University of RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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