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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.) »

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