Attack of The Killer Ants

17 Jul

It sounds tacky: an unexplained cosmic event causes ants to increase their intelligence and try to take over the world. But the movie “Phase IV”, 1974, By Saul Bass (who is best known for his opening titles and posters for Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and many others) is a slow, poetic and extremely beautiful film. I loved the way he films actual living ants and 1960’s futuristic technology: from squeaking gigantic computers to geodesic domes. will the end of life as we know it will come from these little creatures? or is their technocratic, authoritarian society only a symbol of our own?

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