Phase IV

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Phase IV

Saul Bass
USA, 1974
84min, OF

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Phase IV

Saul Bass
USA, 1974
, 84min, OF

Cast: 
Nigel Davenport
Ernest D. Hubbs
Michael Murphy
James R. Lesko
Lynne Frederick
Kendra Eldridge
Cast: 
Special Effects
John Richardson
Ken Middleham
Screenplay: 
Mayo Simon
Camera: 
Dick Bush
Editor: 
Willy Kemplen
Composer: 
Brian Gascoigne
Decoration: 
John Barry

Production: 
Alced Production, Paramount Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Color

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