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March 4, 2008 12:39 AM   Subscribe

The opening credits to Star Wars, if Saul Bass had made them. Previously.
posted by hifiparasol (42 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
Full of complete and total awesome.
posted by barnacles at 12:49 AM on March 4, 2008


Yep. That was pretty good. Thanks.
posted by seanyboy at 12:52 AM on March 4, 2008


Just as important, they need to replace that John Williams schmaltz with soundtrack music that swings!
posted by wendell at 1:16 AM on March 4, 2008


Great find.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:20 AM on March 4, 2008


Yeah, student project, eh? They did a fine job! And thanks for linking again to the Saul Bass post, which is a real good 'un.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:34 AM on March 4, 2008


56 seconds well spent.
posted by biffa at 2:06 AM on March 4, 2008



Brilliant.
posted by gcbv at 3:05 AM on March 4, 2008


Stylized Millennium Falcon Silhouette

Harrison Ford!

Awesome.
posted by clearly at 3:14 AM on March 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well done!
posted by Locative at 3:21 AM on March 4, 2008


***** Full marks. Loved it. Blogged it. Linked it. Played it real loud at work.
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:38 AM on March 4, 2008


Jazztastic!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:56 AM on March 4, 2008


Bass rocks. When my wife and I got hitched we shamelessly pirated his movie poster for Vertigo as the basis for our wedding invites. Great stuff.
posted by tim_in_oz at 4:02 AM on March 4, 2008


Well done. :)
posted by pmurray63 at 4:40 AM on March 4, 2008


I want to watch this movie. It's got to beat the pants off of the original.
posted by DU at 4:41 AM on March 4, 2008 [4 favorites]


I now want to see the kicky, swingin' 1962 version of my beloved Star Wars.

"Easy, baby. Don't get all bent out of shape... Mr Solo's here to make things right."
posted by grubi at 5:23 AM on March 4, 2008 [4 favorites]


Very cool, nice post, thanks for this!
posted by Daddy-O at 5:48 AM on March 4, 2008


That was beautiful. I never saw the original post, either - so it's a double treat. Bass defined a lot of the style of 1960's film.
posted by Muttoneer at 5:50 AM on March 4, 2008


I now want to see the kicky, swingin' 1962 version of my beloved Star Wars.

Oh, shit, what a supergreat idea. I'd love to see a whole bunch of 80s and 90s movies done in Swinging Sixties style.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on March 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


*That* made my morning. Genius!

I also think the video reply was a clever bit of commentary on making "special editions."
posted by vertigo25 at 7:36 AM on March 4, 2008


I'd love to see a whole bunch of 80s and 90s movies done in Swinging Sixties style.

Starring Frank Sinatra.
posted by grubi at 7:37 AM on March 4, 2008 [2 favorites]


With Phil Silvers and Buddy Hackett as C3PO and R2D2
posted by PlusDistance at 8:10 AM on March 4, 2008 [6 favorites]


Suh-weeet!
posted by brautigan at 8:34 AM on March 4, 2008


Star Wars (1962). With Frank Sinatra as Han Solo, David Niven as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Joey Bishop as Chewbacca, Shirley MacLaine as Leia, Norman Fell as Owen Lars, and Peter Lawford as Tarkin. Sammy wanted to play Vader, but Sinatra browbeat him into playing "that Skywalker cat," and Dean Martin took the role instead.

The movie was knocked out in three tremendously soused weekends and sank quietly at the box office. It still awaits any kind of DVD release.
posted by Iridic at 8:37 AM on March 4, 2008 [4 favorites]


Love Sammy as Luke.

"Love to stay here, Uncle O, but I gotta get me down Tashi-Station way and score some power converters, dig?"
posted by PlusDistance at 8:57 AM on March 4, 2008 [5 favorites]


Oh, and don't forget Orson Welles as Jabba.
posted by PlusDistance at 8:58 AM on March 4, 2008 [2 favorites]


Iridic's version would kill, man.
posted by schmedeman at 8:58 AM on March 4, 2008


Bravo!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:29 AM on March 4, 2008


I've always loved the closing credits to The Incredibles. I figured they were an homage to something or someone. Now I know who. Thanks.
posted by straight at 9:52 AM on March 4, 2008


I now want to see the kicky, swingin' 1962 version of my beloved Star Wars.

I'd be happy with the 1977 version of my beloved Star Wars, without this utterly inane "A New Hope" subtitle nonsense.
posted by effbot at 10:04 AM on March 4, 2008


Would this make C3PO the man with the golden arm?
posted by infinitewindow at 10:06 AM on March 4, 2008


If you're looking for modern homage/ripoff title sequences, you could do worse than the exquisite (and short!) opening to Mad Men.
posted by Shepherd at 10:24 AM on March 4, 2008


There are, of course, no opening credits to Star Wars.

...YET

/George Lucas
posted by shakespeherian at 11:09 AM on March 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


Great, great, great.

However. The choice of typeface is kind of a letdown. On its face, the haphazardness of that font screams Saul Bass; in actual fact, though, Bass would have more probably used a clean, crisp sans serif like Gothic, or a hand-drawn facsimile of same.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:22 AM on March 4, 2008


There are, of course, no opening credits to Star Wars.

...YET


Han won't be credited first.
posted by turbodog at 11:51 AM on March 4, 2008


Han won't be credited first.

Starring Paul Blake as Greedo, the wry, shoots-from-the-hip, reckless rogue!
posted by shakespeherian at 12:12 PM on March 4, 2008


Love it.
posted by omarr at 12:20 PM on March 4, 2008


Sweet. Even the Vader mask looks cute.

I'd be happy with the 1977 version of my beloved Star Wars, without this utterly inane "A New Hope" subtitle nonsense.

Yeah. That evil bastard Lucas stole your film that you spent all that time writing & filming and totally ripped you off. Waaaaaaaah!

Cue "Denigrated the Franchise" nerd wail...HA!
posted by i_cola at 1:31 PM on March 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


Two thumbs up!
posted by podwarrior at 2:01 PM on March 4, 2008


Starring Paul Blake as Greedo, the wry, shoots-from-the-hip shoots-first-from-the-hip, reckless rogue!

“I fixed that for myself” - Lucas.
posted by Smedleyman at 2:50 PM on March 4, 2008


Dad-gummit, I was going to post it so that my only two FPP's would be related to Saul Bass, only to have a stomach bug suspend my internet access. I couldn't type and pray to the porcelain god at the same time.

I enjoyed the heck out of it, they did a great job capturing some of the fun of titles from the 50's and 60's. And it made me think that more movies could use a lively jazz score.

Also, I noticed youtube has a lot more of Bass' credit sequences up since I did the original post.
posted by beowulf573 at 3:28 PM on March 4, 2008


Here's an article about Bass's credits for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, basically my favorite movie of all time.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:44 PM on March 4, 2008


A+++. Would favorite again.
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 8:45 PM on March 4, 2008


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