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|Savages - The Merchant Ivory Collection|
Actors: Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Barry Foster, Lewis J. Stadlen, Anne Francine, Thayer David
Director: James Ivory
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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... more »
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A Hilarious Allegory of the Decline of Western Civilization
Cody K. | Jamokidence, Rhode Island, USA | 09/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Merchant and Ivory go on a psychedelic bender in this mad indictment of capitalist culture and hubris. The accidental discovery by the mud people of a perfect sphere induces them to abort their planned human sacrifice and follow the bouncing ball. This leads them to an abandoned Long Island mansion, where, literally overnight, they blunder their way into the formation of a perfect 1930's dinner-party society. There are an industrialist, a poet, male and female cross-dressers, a fallen woman, a slave girl, and the hard-boiled hostess with the mostest, Carlotta. All have their roles to play in the rise and fall of "progress". As various power struggles play out, unresolved tensions force a dissolution of the social structure and the characters devolve into the "savages" that they were at the beginning of the film.
Still one of the most amusing parables available regarding the excesses of Western -- and specifically American -- culture, "Savages" is as loony as a mushroom trip and as symbol-laden as a classic fairy tale.
I'd have given it five stars, except that there a couple of scenes toward the end that just don't seem as tight as the rest of the film -- but maybe that's just me.
Cody K. | 03/01/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"THE MUD People are about to perform the usual human sacrifice, when out of nowhere - lo! A red ball [croquet I recall] comes whizzing out of nowhere and lands in their midst! Fascinated, they abandon the victim and trace the trajectory back to its origin - a decaying, vast, ancient mansion 'in the jungle'. THEN AN astute member finds a trunk filled with rather lovely period costumes [circa 1920 ish], and as they start donning the robes - they transform the action into something along the lines of Gatsby revisited ........ Hmmmm a quaint concept - and it does hold attention!ODD little movie from the early 70ties with Sam Waterston, Salome Jens, Kathleen Widdoes, even Ultra Violet. [An Early
James Ivory for your collection]Superb Costumes and Art direction - if you're in a quirky "Brazil type" mood."
rxjlc | St. Louis, MO United States | 10/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was way ahead of its time. A terrific satire on the sophistication of our civilization. A group of savages are able to emulate 20th century life until tragedy strikes and forces them back to the existence of their comfort zone. "The Gods Must Be Crazy" is a me-too copy of this classic film. Not for the "light-hearted"."
rxjlc | 07/23/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, I'm a big fan of O'Donoughue. However, this thing is seriously weird. If you dig the surreal, this flick's for you. This is VERY surreal."