The first feature by Saul Bass, after an exceptionally noticeable career as a creator of movie credits sequences (Anatomy of a Murder, A Walk on the Wild Side, etc.), is about an ants' insurrection in the Southwest desert. Comfortably within the conventions of low-budget science fiction, Bass's big effects are his magnifying-glass closeups of the insects. These are often a trifle ornamental and design-y, but still quite fascinating and disorienting. With Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick. 1974.

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