The Savage Eye (1960) / Interviews with My Lai Veterans (1971) DVD5
Made on weekends over a year’s time by a collective team of directors — Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, and Joseph Strick — this pseudo-documentary (only five professional actors were used) is both powerful and unique. The story is of one Judith (Barbara Baxley), recently divorced, who's trying for a fresh start and dealing with her own sense of desolation. Her inner state, and that of the society we see in the documentary-style footage, is revealed completely in voice-over dialogue with an incisive and sometimes cruel-sounding interviewer the credits identify as "The Poet" (Gary Merrill), though he seems more like a guardian angel. The tone of this piece is achieved through the dialogue, which is always fashionably bitter and disdainful. It always stays just this side of overbearing, so you keep waiting for it to stumble, but it never does. A fascinating look at '50s-era emptiness.

Also included is the Oscar-winning documentary short Interviews with My Lai Veterans, directed in 1970 by Joseph Strick, one of the directors of The Savage Eye.

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 68 + 22 min | 4.11 Gb + 3% rec
English (Dolby AC3, 1 ch) | Subtitles: none
Genre: Drama, Documentary, War

Directors: Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick
Actors: Barbara Baxley, Gary Merrill, Herschel Bernardi, Jean Hidey, Elizabeth Zemach
Country: USA

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