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Savages (1972)

An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for it's innate barbarism.

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Cecily, a Debutante
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Lady Cora
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Otto Nurder, a Capitalist
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Sir Harry
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Carlotta, a Hostess
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Emily Penning, a Woman in Disgrace
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Archie, a Bully
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Hester
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Asha, The Forest Girl
Eva Saleh ...
Zia, the Child
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Penelope, a High-strung Girl
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Julian Branch, a Song Writer (as Lewis Stadlen)
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Andrew, an Eligible Young Man
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Iliona, a Decadent
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James, the Limping Man
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A tribe of primitive "mudpeople" encounter a croquet ball, rolling through their forest. Following it, they find themselves on a vast, deserted Long Island estate. Entering, they begin to become civilized and assume the stereotypical roles and dress of people at a weekend party. There follows an allegory of upper-class behavior. At last, they begin to devolve toward their original status, and after a battle at croquet, they disappear into the woods. Written by Frank Eggleston

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Fantasy | Comedy

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21 June 1973 (France)  »

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Sauvages  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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The DVD release of this film also includes another Merchant Ivory film called Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (1972). As such, the first filmed British production of the company, Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (1972), and the first American production of the company, Savages (1972), are included on the same disc release. The two titles have the same release year of 1972, the two Merchant Ivory Productions films that were first released that year. See more »

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Savages
Sung by Bobby Short
Music by Joe Raposo
Lyrics by George W.S. Trow (as George Swift Trow) and Michael O'Donoghue
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Awesomely good absurreal head-spinner.
20 March 2004 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

The primitive tribal mud people are startled by a croquet ball that emerges from an unexplored region of their forest. The set out to find the origin of this alien sphere, and happen upon a lavish(and abandoned)estate. Bewildered by this strange place and all the things within it, they quickly "evolve", assuming the roles of bourgeois aristocrats. They do, however, retain many of their ritualistic customs and sexual behaviors, and, in one of the film's more inclement moments, respond to death with a discomposed, uneasy silence. These scenes might lead the viewer to query just how far removed people really are from their autochthon ancestry.

SAVAGES is about as surreal and strange as movies come, but not at all lacking in depth, substance, or humor(chiefly in a subtly saturnine, cynical vein). Certainly not suited to all tastes, but strongly recommended to those with a slant toward wry absurdist cinema.

7.5/10


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