Savages

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James Ivory wrote and directed this sharp satire that takes a critical look at the true nature of "civilization." The first part of the tale is filmed in black and white and follows a band of barely clad "savages" as they stumble upon an abandoned mansion. Over time they begin to affect the fancy trappings and manners of the former occupants. The film then switches to color. The newly civilized people decide to hold a party and soon it becomes apparent that boundaries between the strong and weak have developed. The strong become powerful and self-serving while the weak become the underdogs. As the gala continues, a breakdown in their genteel veneer begins and in the end they return to their former, simpler lives.

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Critic Reviews for Savages

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Audience Reviews for Savages

  • Jul 01, 2015
    In "Savages," the Mud People are about sacrifice a human to their gods when they are interrupted by a mysterious round object rolling into their camp. Following it back to its source, they capture a member of a rival tribe. That path leads to a wondrous dwelling, full of shiny objects and furs... Well, you have to admit it. "Savages" is different. And not just because it is a Merchant/Ivory movie about a group of primitives who suddenly find themselves in a Merchant/Ivory film, done in a mixture of styles including silent movies, about a decade before those names became synonymous for politely restrained period pieces.(Added to the chronal displacement is an impossibly young Sam Waterston not playing somebody who pontificates at the drop of a hat.) At least, here the social criticism and satire is less obtuse than usual, especially on the subject of colonialism with a little genderbending thrown in for good measure, along with a special emphasis on the thin line between civilization and savagery. Plus, croquet.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2011
    NOT THIS FILM. Unfortunatly savage the film i just saw, is on flickster but for some strange reason cant get it on my films watched 2011 list, so i did it here. a harrowing tale of a guy severly beat up, and later you hear to what extent he got beat up, he cant cope with daily routine, and lack of confidence so his life goes downhill, a well made irish film with a powerful lead performance, really getting into his charactor and his situation, a well made film with both revenge elements and human emotion drama, not to mention state of todays culture of violence
    scott g Super Reviewer

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