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A retired gay anthropologist revisits the native cultures he studied in his youth. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A profound film about sexuality that isn't sexy. See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tobias Schneebaum ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Norman Mailer ... Himself
Michael Nelson Rockefeller ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
David Shapiro 
Laurie Gwen Shapiro 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Shapiro 
Laurie Shapiro 

Produced by
Peter Broderick .... executive producer
David Shapiro .... producer (as David S. Shapiro)
Laurie Shapiro .... producer
Mark Stolaroff .... associate producer
Lorna Thomas .... consulting producer
Chris Vroom .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Liz Dory 
Jonathan Kovel (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Donahue 
Tula Goenka 
 
Sound Department
Peter Levin .... sound re-recording mixer
Evan Meszaros .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Liz Dory .... director of photography: additional photography (as Elizabeth Dory)
 
Animation Department
Rob Hammer .... animator
Stephen Moverley .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Rob Hammer .... apprentice editor
Mary Catherine Palumbos .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Paul O'Leary .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Tiffany Bauer .... web site designer
 
Thanks
John Zorn .... thanks
 

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Rated R for depiction of mature thematic material
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93 min
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A profound film about sexuality that isn't sexy., 13 October 2001
Author: Tom Dillingham (tfdill) from Columbia, MO

I read Schneebaum's book (same title as this film) when it was first published and was deeply moved by his ability to see through the many ways of "otherness" (his own and the people of the Amazon with whom he lived and loved) to a way of living a decent life. His subsequent books were not as powerful, but showed his continuing quest. His description of his sexual relations with the men of the tribe was way ahead of its time in the early 60's, but his honesty and openness about it were welcome. This movie beautifully conveys both the quirkiness and generosity of the man, but also provides a glimpse into the inevitable destruction of innocence (which is not a morally positive term, in this case) that occurs when "civilized" men intrude on traditional societies. Even so, Schneebaum himself has moved into a kind of higher innocence that suggests the possibility of saving humanity from its own destructiveness.

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