While everybody is feeling the love for Google's doodle marking the 93rd birthday of Saul Bass, here's one of his lesser-known credit sequences, for The Victors (1963), opening with a brilliantly edited montage of European history, 1914-42:
The film is based on The Human Kind by the Hackney novelist Alexander Baron, and directed by Carl Foreman — his only film as director, though he already had done plenty of screenwriting, including High Noon, Bridge on the River Kwai and The Guns of Navarone.
On paper, Foreman and Baron had a lot in common: Foreman had been blacklisted for refusing to talk to the HUAC, while the only reason Baron didn't fight in the Spanish civil war was that the Communist Party considered him too valuable an asset in London. But Baron hated the film, perhaps only partly because his characters were replaced by Americans, and tried to have his name removed. Foreman didn't get much satisfaction out of it either: a couple of weeks after release the studio panicked and insisted on cutting 20 minutes from the running time (which was, to be fair, nearly three hours). Hollywood is hell.