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See Saul Bass’ rejected artwork from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

Saul Bass’ movie poster images loom large in 20th century cinema culture.

So it’s doubly fascinating to witness the inner workings of his professional relationship with arguably the most influential movie director of all time, Stanley Kubrick.

Even the very best of us need to take feedback. See the fascinating exchange between icons of their respective arts, Saul Bass and Stanley Kubrick.

The Shining was one the most memorable horror movies in history and ranks among Kubrick’s biggest box office hits. But the road that led to the creation of its poster was not always smooth.

His criticism of Bass’ work (who, let’s not forget, designed unforgettable posters and title sequences for Alfred Hitchcock among others) reflected a director in total command, and committed to detail in every aspect of a movie’s release.

Suffice it to say, everything worked out in end.

See a collection of Bass’ drafts and the final product, complete with notes from Kubrick, below.

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May 3, 2019