Savages

Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on 'civilized' societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive behavior the following morning.

With:
Louis J. Stadlen Anne Francine Thayer David Susan Blakely Russ Thacker Salome Jens

Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on ‘civilized’ societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive behavior the following morning.

The playing has flair and grace, sans woodenness from everyone, with Walter Lassally’s excellently balanced b&w lensing for the primitive days and color for the so-called civilized times a great asset, as are the editing and music. The only carp might be a tendency to overplay an act.

But no denying an almost hypnotic charm and fascination in this offbeat, insouciant look at mankind and his climb to civilization and fall.

Savages

Production: Angelika/Merchant-Ivory. Director James Ivory; Producer Ismail Merchant; Screenplay James Ivory, George Swift Trow, Michael O'Donoghue; Camera Walter Lassally; Editor Kent McKinney; Music Joe Raposo; Art Director Charles E. White III, Michael Doret

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Louis J. Stadlen Anne Francine Thayer David Susan Blakely Russ Thacker Salome Jens

More Film

  • Durban 2018 Panel on Sexual Harrasment

    For Black Women in South African Film Biz, Equality Still a Struggle

    Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on ‘civilized’ societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham, Other Webspinners

    Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on ‘civilized’ societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive […]

  • Venom Comic-Con

    'Venom' Creators Promise 'Huge World,' Tease Spider-Man Fight

    Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on ‘civilized’ societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive […]

  • Bully

    Film News Roundup: Danny Trejo's Dark Comedy 'Bully' Scores Distribution

    Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on ‘civilized’ societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive […]

  • Jamie Lee Curtis Hugs Fan Who

    Jamie Lee Curtis Embraces Sobbing Fan, Who Says 'Halloween' Saved His Life

    Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on ‘civilized’ societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive […]

  • Teen Titans Go to the Movies

    Film Review: 'Teen Titans GO! to the Movies'

    Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on ‘civilized’ societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive […]

  • Glass trailer

    M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con

    Savages, first US film by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, is about members of a primitive tribe who are lured by the appearance of a rolling croquet ball to an old deserted mansion where they dress in clothes and take on ‘civilized’ societal behavior, only to return to the forest and their primitive […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content