The Detailed Storyboards Saul Bass Created for Stanley Kubrick's ‘Spartacus’
Saul Bass, the award-winning graphic designer who has held a pivotal role in the creation of some of cinema’s most memorable moments, hasn’t always received the credit he deserves.
Having rubbed shoulders with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick, Bass’ ability to sufficiently visualise a screenplay saw him work on some of the most recognisable films of all time. Whether he’s forging the thankless task of creating the film posters for The Shining, or pre-planning the filming process if Hitchcock’s iconic ‘Shower Scene’ in Psycho, Bass has had a definitive say in some of Hollywood’s most prestigious pictures.
Despite his success, the discussion around his contribution to the highly confusing Stanley Kubrick film Spartacus remains a source of debate for all cinephiles. The film, which ultimately won four Academy Awards and became the most profitable film in Universal Studios’ history, was shrouded in issues as Kubrick was hired following the firing of the project’s original director—marking the first time creative control wasn’t in the hands of the filmmaker. For Bass, however, he’d been involved in the project prior to Kubrick’s arrival which resulted somewhat in a sharing of visions.
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