Retrospective 2015

Phase IV

Saul Bass
USA 1974
84min
V'15

Acclaimed graphic designer Saul Bass’s only feature film is a visually striking curiosity that, originally a box office flop, garnered cult status a year after its release. Hyper-intelligent ants take over an Arizona farm town, causing the government to evacuate the zone and send in scientists to figure out what is going on. Protected by a dome-like structure, they soon fall victim to the tiny terrifying creatures. Interpreted by some as an ecological commentary, by others as political, and by others as a runoff of the anxieties of the time, PHASE IV is as spellbinding as the movie posters and title sequences for which its director is known.

Supporting films: LA CHENILLE DE LA CAROTTELA PEINE DU TALION

Credits
  • Nigel Davenport - Ernest D. Hubbs
  • Michael Murphy - James R. Lesko
  • Lynne Frederick - Kendra Eldridge
  • Mayo Simon
  • Dick Bush
  • Willy Kemplen
  • Brian Gascoigne
  • John Barry
  • John Richardson
  • Ken Middleham
Alced Production, Paramount Pictures
35 mm
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