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Scott Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 5 Apr 1998 13:51:44 -0500
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I just got a book from the library, _The Art of Soundtrack Covers_, for
which Bass wrote the introduction, and the mini bio that follows his
introduction claims that he did this, and this is a fairly new book, post 
Bass's death at publication, I believe.
On Fri, 3 Apr 1998, Angel Comas wrote:
> Jim Marsden escribió:
> > Eugene Walz wrote:
> >
> > > About ten years ago there was an article (somewhere in an American movie
> > > mag) about Saul Bass's contribution to Psycho. I wish I could find the
> > > reference, but right now I'm stymied. Bass would be central to your
> study.
> > > Maybe someone else can provide the reference.
> >
> > I don't have that reference, but I recalled reading about Saul Bass in
> Janet
> > Leigh's 1995 book, _Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller_.
> Leigh
> > castigates Bass for claiming he directed the shower scene (he apparently
> > storyboarded it). As part of her case she quotes cinematographer Hilton
> > Green:
> > "There is not a shot in that movie that I didn't roll the camera for. And I
> > can tell you I never rolled the camera for Mr. Bass" (p. 69).
> >
> > Does anyone have information about when and why Bass was making the
> directing
> > claim?
> >
> > ----
> > Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite
> >
> I investigated the case of Saul Bass and Hitchcock for a book I have
> published in
> Spain about the film. Saul Bass was almost always claiming that he directed
> the
> shower sequence. I guess that he claimed it privately but I consider that it
> was
> in Sitges Festival (Barcelona, Spain)in 1995  where he claimed it publicaly.
> After talking with him and reading al what was written about it in my opinion
> Bass wrote the sequence and Hitch directed it.Why did he claim he was the
> director?
> It was true that he wrote all the seqüence and that itch followed the script
> faitfully. Maybe Bass considered himself as the complete author.
> Angel Comas
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> Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite
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