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The Brig (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 September 1964 (USA)
A ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonas Mekas

Writers:

Kenneth H. Brown (play), Kenneth H. Brown (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Finnerty ... Guard
Jim Anderson Jim Anderson ... Guard
Henry Howard Henry Howard ... Guard
Tom Lillard Tom Lillard ... Guard
James Tiroff James Tiroff ... Prisoner (as Jim Tiroff)
Steven Ben Israel Steven Ben Israel ... Prisoner
Gene Lipton Gene Lipton ... Prisoner
Rufus Collins ... Prisoner
Michael Elias ... Prisoner
William Shari William Shari ... Prisoner
Viktor Allen Viktor Allen ... Prisoner
George Bartenieff George Bartenieff ... Prisoner
Gene Gordon Gene Gordon ... Prisoner
Mark Duffy Mark Duffy ... Prisoner
Henry Proach Henry Proach ... Prisoner
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A ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, submitting in the course of it to extremely harsh and shocking physical and mental degradation and abuse. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buren See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

White Line Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Few plays translate so well onto film.
13 August 2005 | by noelartmSee all my reviews

The Brig was an off Broadway play. A special performance of it was performed for Jonas Mekas' camera. If it hadn't been, it could have been long forgotten about. The acting is first rate. The sync sound was captured live directly onto the the film. The dialog sounds somewhat garbled, but that works here, since the marine captains' verbal abuse of their soldiers is as nonsensical as their actions. So this could be shown universally and people everywhere would get the point about what's going on. It all takes place in one setting and is captured with a hand-held camera. Thus we feel like a silent witness to the action. The black and white photography is instrumental in capturing such a bleak world. So whether by design or by luck, the film of The Brig is no doubt every bit as rewarding an experience as the original stage play was. Simply put, this film is a work of modern art that successfully captures modern art. It should be preserved for all time.


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