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The Savage Eye
© Ben Maddow / Joseph Strick / Sidney Meyers
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick

IMAGE

Jack Couffer, Haskell Wexler

SON

Howard Milkin

MONTAGE

Ben Maddow, Joseph Strick, Sidney Meyers

MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

Leonard Rosenman

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Ben Maddow, Joseph Strick, Sidney Meyers

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Academy Film Archive

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
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DOCU-FICTION

La caméra suit Judith dans les rues de Los Angeles. Récemment divorcée, elle tente de refaire sa vie. Au cours de ses pérégrinations, elle va faire d'étranges rencontres dans le milieu des fanatiques religieux, des laissés-pour-compte du monde urbain, de toutes sortes de gens qui, bien qu'à l'image de son propre échec personnel, lui donneront la volonté de refaire sa vie.

Los Angeles at the end of the 1950s. A city of the future, where a young divorcée named Judith is trying to break free of her past. She seeks refuge in shops, casinos, strip clubs, the church and the boxing ring. A male voice-over (her conscience? her subconscious?) questions her actions. What is she actually doing all day? Nothing. What is she thinking about? Nothing.
The Savage Eye is an experimental hybrid between fiction and documentary, portraying urban life as both a nightmare and a release. The poetic text sometimes contrasts with intriguing, neutral footage. When it was released in 1960, The Savage Eye was seen as an important example of cinema verité. Filmmakers Sidney Meyers, Ben Maddow and Joseph Strick worked on the film for a full four years in their free time. There’s an important role for music, performed by a brass ensemble and composed by Leonard Rosenman, who went on to write scores for films such as Barry Lyndon (1975) and Sybil (1976). The 35mm print of The Savage Eye is preserved by the Academy Film Archive