Nicholas Ray's epic 1959 film about Eskimo life was unfairly victimized on release, censored at UK and US cinemas, and neglected by both TV and home video for decades. 'The Savage Innocents' continued Rays fascination with alternative lifestyles - examining the life of Eskimos and their remoteness from "civilised" values. Anthony Quinn stars as Inuk, an Eskimo whose daily routine is a constant struggle to survive in one of the most hostile and hauntingly beautiful of climates.
Plain and simple
- The Savage Innocents review by JD
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This 1959 film is pretty low budget by current standards and the action is plain and simple. The comparison of Eskimo with Western culture is done sensitively and objectively. The acting is a little bit theatrical with a feeling reminiscent of Saturday morning sci-fi. I enjoyed the film for its photography and portrayal of Arctic life but at the expense of the shock of seeing a young, pre-alcohol O'Toole.