Phase IV (encore presentation!)

“Saul Bass wasn’t just an artist who contributed to the first several minutes of some of the greatest movies in history — in my opinion his body of work qualifies him as one of the best filmmakers of one of this, or any other time.“ – Steven Spielberg

Seekers of celestial psych cinema need no longer cue up 2001’s “Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite” to unlock their third eye: enter the optically luscious, organically abstract and singular universe of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists. 1974′s wildly unique Phase IV is a triumph of visual storytelling that communicates impending sentient insect peril through unparalleled microphotography, sound & art design, abstract architecture and subtle gestures. As if taking Kubrick’s monolithic freakout as a cinematic challenge, director Saul Bass takes up the mantle of smart and strange sci-fi in what is rightly 2001’s legitimate progeny. Widely under-appreciated and guaranteed to be the most stunning theatrical experience you’ll have this year, Bass’ sole feature film is a trip you don’t want to miss.
Dir. Saul Bass, 1974, 35mm, 84 min.

NOTE: FOR THIS ENCORE PRESENTATION, CINEFAMILY WILL NOT BE SCREENING THE “LONG-LOST” ALTERNATE ENDING TO “PHASE IV.”

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