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Saul Bass: Alive and Well

November 16, 2009

So what is it with the exclamation mark in the title of Steven Soderbergh’s new film, The Informant!..? Anna Pickard complains in The Guardian of the unnecessary deployment of such superlative punctuation, but personally I think it’s spot-on. The listing of all three films from the Ocean’s series – “From the Director of Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13” – is similarly over-done, but to great effect. Combine these details with a

Saul Bass homage poster, in which

a middle-aged-looking Matt Damon is ridiculed by his own shadow, and the film sits neatly within the

current retro-screwball-comedy-revival, as spearheaded by George Clooney and showcased by the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading.

Upcoming Oscar-contender Precious uses the same aesthetic to darker means, while Spike Lee’s Clockers took Bass’ image from Anatomy Of A Murder and ran with it, right out the door.
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