Savages
The Merchant Ivory Collection
Production year: 1972
Director: James Ivory
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 037429-194423
Running time: 1:46 (106 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: June 22, 2004
Collection type: Owned (#2513)
Status: Available
Purchase date: August 16, 2004
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 0 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
A masked, naked, clay-covered band of jungle primitives are disturbed in the middle of a human sacrifice by the sudden intrusion of a croquet ball. Led by their high priestess, they trek through the forest in search of its origins and arrive at an immense, deserted manor house. The group occupies the mansion, which begins to have a civilizing effect on the savages; individual personalities emerge, and with them, pasts, futures, family connections, ambitions, and other trappings of society. Over the course of a weekend house party, the savages soon become grand socialites in fine clothes, who give elaborate dinner parties where the talk is of world politics, art, and the fascinations of anthropology.

The first American film from Merchant Ivory Productions is also their most uncommon and most unexpected, especially for audiences only familiar with their Indian films or their period films set in Europe or America. A fascinating meditation on the rise and fall of civilizations, with a witty screenplay by George Swift Trow and Michael O'Donoghue, SAVAGES is filmed in an improvisatory, experimental style and merges a series of tragicomic tableaux with pseudo-scholarly documentary narration and title cards. The result is a dark, biting satire that will turn viewer expectations upside-down.
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Savages (The Merchant Ivory Collection)
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Studios
Production Studios:
 • Home Vision Entertainment
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles
English
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Commentary
 • Hour long documentary by Ivory about Nirad Chaudhuri
Crew
Direction
James Ivory....Director
Writing
George Switf Trow....Screenwriter
Michael O'Donoghue....Screenwriter
James Ivory....Original Material By
Production
Ismail Merchant....Producer
Joseph J. M. Saleh....Executive Producer
Cinematography
Walter Lassally....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Kent McKinney....Film Editor
Music
Joe Raposo....Composer
Sound
Jack Cooley....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art
Jack Wright....Production Designer
Cast
Lewis J. Stadlen....Julian Branch, a Song Writer
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....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