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21 June 1973 (France) See more »
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An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for it's innate barbarism. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Lewis J. Stadlen ... Julian Branch, a Song Writer (as Lewis Stadlen)
Anne Francine ... Carlotta, a Hostess

Thayer David ... Otto Nurder, a Capitalist

Susan Blakely ... Cecily, a Debutante
Russ Thacker ... Andrew, an Eligible Young Man

Salome Jens ... Emily Penning, a Woman in Disgrace
Margaret Brewster ... Lady Cora
Neil Fitzgerald ... Sir Harry
Eva Saleh ... Zia, the Child
Ultra Violet ... Iliona, a Decadent

Asha Puthli ... Asha, The Forest Girl

Martin Kove ... Archie, a Bully
Kathleen Widdoes ... Leslie

Christopher Pennock ... Hester

Sam Waterston ... James, the Limping Man
Paulita Sedgwick ... Penelope, a High-strung Girl
Lilly Lessing ... Narrator
Claus Jurgen ... Narrator

Directed by
James Ivory 
 
Writing credits
George W.S. Trow (screenplay) (as George Swift Trow) &
Michael O'Donoghue (screenplay)

James Ivory (based on an idea by)

Produced by
Anthony Korner .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Joseph Saleh .... executive producer (as Joseph J.M. Saleh)
 
Original Music by
Joe Raposo 
 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally 
 
Film Editing by
Kent McKinney 
 
Production Design by
Jack Wright III  (as Jack Wright)
 
Costume Design by
Joan Hanfling 
Susan Schlossman 
 
Makeup Department
Martin Downey .... hair stylist
Gloria Natale .... makeup artist
Bernice O'Reilly .... wigs
Emanuel Olivericia .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jean-Luc Botbol .... production manager
 
Art Department
George Jenson .... table settings (as George Jensen)
Charles White III .... illustrator (as Charles White 3rd)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound
Jack Cooley .... re-recording engineer
John Flyn .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffery Bolger .... assistant camera
Robert Kenner .... assistant camera
Rick Raphael .... electrician
Dustin Smith .... electrician
Bob Vee .... chief electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janice Moore .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Mary Brown .... assistant editor
Robin Schwartz .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Don Ashworth .... musician: woodwinds
Bob Cranshaw .... musician: bass
Danny Epstein .... musician: percussion
Wally Kane .... musician: woodwinds
Jim Mitchell .... musician: giitar and banjo
David Nadien .... musician: solo violin
Joe Raposo .... musician: piano
Ed Shaughnessy .... musician: percussion
Alan Studman .... musician: solo cello
 
Other crew
Patricia Birch .... choreographer: sequence "Steppin' on the Spaniel"
Frank DiBari .... assistant to producer
Michael Doret .... title designer
Howard Goodman .... assistant to producer
S. Ruth Gringas .... assistant to producer
Jeffrey Jacobs .... assistant to director
Janet Kern .... continuity
Alice Marsh .... assistant to executive producer
Roger Moorey .... assistant to producer
Mohan Nadkarni .... assistant to producer
Mohan Nadkarri .... assistant to producer
Serge Nivelle .... assistant to director
Edward E. Robbins .... assistant title designer
Jessica Saleh .... assistant to producer
Nathaniel Tripp .... assistant to director
Stephen Varble .... assistant to director
Charles White III .... title designer (as Charles White 3rd)
 
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First cinema film of 'Susan Blakeley'.See more »
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SAVAGES (James Ivory, 1972) **1/2, 30 July 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Having read that this unusual James Ivory-Ismail Merchant production was a pseudo-Bunuelian concoction, I thought I’d acquire it for my long-planned Luis Bunuel tribute on the 25th anniversary of his death (which occurred on 29th July 1983). Now that I’ve watched it, apart from the obvious thematic allusions to ROBINSON CRUSOE (1952), I’d say that it’s also a half-baked inversion of THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (1962) which, apart from the occasional amusing passage, fails to entertain or enlighten the viewer, much less do justice to its intriguing subject matter.

For being such a radical stylistic departure for them (even at that early a stage in their careers) and the film’s own satirical intent, it might not be as surprising to learn that Merchant-Ivory here engaged two young writers from the “National Lampoon” school – George Swift Trow and Michael O’Donoghue (later also of “Saturday Night Live”) – to pen the script, not to mention the title track! The latter plays over an animated dramatis personae which introduces us to an archetypal assortment of upper-class citizens complete with clichéd monikers typical of Silent cinema (a bully, a capitalist, a decadent, the limping man, etc.). After this lengthy prelude, a curiously-drawn intertitle “The Mud People” plunges us in a black-and-white world of a group of scavenging prehistoric people. We follow their rituals for the next ten minutes or so (including the yearly ‘death by stoning’ of their queen’s consort) until a flying croquet ball unaccountably lands in front of them. The repercussions of this mundane event are, for a little time at least, as life-altering as the monolith had been to the apes in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) or the Coke bottle would be to Jamies Uys’ African bushmen in THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY (1980)…but again, the end result hardly proves itself as enthralling as the former or as funny as the latter.

Admittedly, the interesting ensemble casting of Susan Blakely, Thayer David, Salome Jens, Martin Kove, Sam Waterston and Kathleen Widdoes does work rather admirably where – as inexplicable as the central conceit of THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL itself – we see these brutes coming upon an abandoned mansion in the woods which they start exploring and, seemingly soon after, change into the socialite-types seen in that prologue with the requisite immaculate English diction! The screen also reverts back to color at this point setting the stage for a long society party segment with its typical show of the malaises of the civilized world in this ‘modern’ age (greed, lust, power, jealousy, etc.). Within the film’s context, I guess, the fact that one (or perhaps two) of the guests seem to be in drag for no good reason can be excused but I have to say I was startled to see included towards the end a steamy lesbian encounter in a car which, unsurprisingly, heralds the start of the savages’ regression to their original uninhibited state.

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