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Alamo Drafthouse and Academy Announce Day-Long Saul Bass Tribute, Featuring 'Phase IV' with Long-Lost Ending

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by Beth Hanna
November 28, 2012 2:35 PM
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"Phase IV"
"Phase IV"

The Alamo Drafthouse is partnering with the Academy for a day-long Saul Bass tribute on December 1. The program features the legendary designer's rarely seen short films and a pristine restoration of Bass' sole directorial effort, sci-fi gem "Phase IV."

The new 35mm print of "Phase IV" to be presented at the Drafthouse will feature the long-lost original end sequence, to be screened alongside it in a high-definition digital transfer. This will be the first-ever screening of the ending, only recently unearthed by Academy archivists.

Bass is best known for the retina-like coil designs in the title sequence for Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," as well as the broken-up body part graphics for Otto Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder," the fire-escape designs for the "West Side Story" artwork, and the fractured, criss-crossing lines of the "Psycho" opening credits, to name only a few. (See videos below.)

More info on the event and ticket sales can be found at the Drafthouse's website (here for the shorts program, and here for "Phase IV").

Full Saul Bass lineup:

Alamo Drafthouse and The Academy Present "Bass on Film: An Afternoon of Saul Bass Shorts"

Saturday, December 1 at 4:20 PM

Featuring the Academy Film Archive's new restoration of Saul Bass' Academy Award®-winning short film, WHY MAN CREATES (1968) and a pristine print of QUEST (1984)!

 A singular opportunity for moviegoers familiar with the many notable title sequences designed by Saul Bass (PSYCHO, WEST SIDE STORY, SOMETHING WILD) to see some of his equally brilliant short films. This afternoon of rarities from the Academy Film Archive's Saul Bass collection will be hosted by May Haduong, the Archive's Public Access Manager, and introduced by Alamo Drafthouse Film Programmer Sam Prime.

Running time: 90 minutes.

 Alamo Drafthouse and The Academy Present "Phase IV (New 35mm Print!) Featuring Long-Lost Ending"

Saturday, December 1 at 9:30 PM

A new print of a sci-fi gem, featuring its long-lost psychedelic ending sequence

PHASE IV (1974) is one of those underappreciated sci-fi gems that is only now being reappraised by modern audiences. This special presentation of a brand new 35mm print from the Academy Film Archive will include a rare screening of the original psychedelic end sequence, long thought to be lost and alternately rumored to have never been made at all. This sequence was recently unearthed by the Archive and may be considered one of most significant cinematic discoveries of the decade. Ellen Harrington, the Academy's Director of Exhibitions and Special Events, will introduce the film and provide the backstory to this remarkable archival find.

Running time: 92 minutes.

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