Acclaimed graphic designer and master of film-title sequences (Anatomy of a Murder; Man with the Golden Arm; Vertigo; Psycho) Saul Bass directed this unique sci-fi film in which scientists study the patterns of cosmically altered ants that are rapidly evolving to develop a hive mind. The only feature film by Bass, Phase IV boasts stunning photography, art direction, and visual effects. This special screening of a new 35mm print is shown with a digital reconstruction of Bass's original psychedelic end sequence—unreleased and unseen for nearly 40 years.
Copresented by the MFAH and Aurora Picture Show as part of BYDESIGN Houston, a film series curated by Peter Lucas. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.