The Savage Innocents

Synopsis: An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police.
Director(s): Nicholas Ray
Production: Paramount Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
90%
NOT RATED
Year:
1960
110 min
22 Views


On top of the world...

...nearer to the North Pole

than to any civilised area...

...there live numbers of

a singular race of nomads.

They are so proud...

...that they call

themselves simply...

...the Men.

We, in turn, call them Eskimos...

...meaning 'eaters of raw flesh'.

In the age of the atom bomb...

...they still hunt

with bow and arrow.

They share whatever they own.

They are so crude...

...they don't know how to lie.

In this region of eternal ice...

...it is not yet

decided whether man or bear...

...is crown of creation.

But, as plentiful

as are the bear...

...so the women are scarce.

This man, Inuk...

...does not have

a woman of his own.

For a long time he has

known the importance...

...of having a wife

to give orders to.

One who would sew his garments...

...make his mittens,

mend his boots...

...and laugh with him...

...which means the same

as making love.

An important factor

when a third of the year...

...is night.

Anarvik, Lulik.

Inuk...

...the sound of your voice is good.

It is the end of last winter...

...and you are still in bed.

The winter seems short for us.

How was it for you?

No woman to laugh with.

Too bad.

There is hot tea.

Have some and talk.

Gossip!

When are you going to make

up your mind to take a wife?

Anarvik, this man has come to ask...

...about the daughters...

...of your brother.

We have expected them for two years.

They will come.

Maybe.

Maybe.

By now others may

have taken his daughters.

Inuk, you're leaving us?

Why don't you cheer him up?

Make yourself beautiful.

So little stay after a long journey?

The dogs are hungry.

It is necessary to go hunting.

Alone?

Maybe.

You may laugh with

my wife for a while.

You have permission.

A little change does her good.

Makes her eyes shine.

You are a great friend, Anarvik.

But Anarvik...

...this man is tired

of asking for favours.

He wishes to laugh...

...with a woman of his own.

Till then, Anarvik...

...he prefers to go hunting.

You are rude and ungrateful.

No rude, proud.

Rude, ungrateful...

...to refuse a

man's offer is insulting.

Anarvik...

...it was not meant

to insult a friend.

Anarvik.

Inuk.

Inuk.

Quiet.

Inuk.

Quiet.

A man has something to say to you.

One thing at a time.

Here, give someone a hand.

Anarvik...

...I thank you for permission

to laugh with your wife.

This man was rude and ungrateful.

It is forgotten, so is the bump.

If you wish to bump me...

...you may.

And lose a seal?

It is better to tell

you we have visitors.

Who?

My brother is dead...

...but his widow, Powtee,

and his two daughters...

...have arrived.

So?

What are they like?

- Women.

When a seal is captured...

...there are certain

rituals and practical things...

...to be taken care of.

The first is this:

...since seals live

in salt water...

...they are always thirsty...

...and the hunter must

do as these hunters are doing.

The soul of this animal will tell...

...the souls of the other seals...

...that it has received

a drink of sweet water.

Then they, too, will come

up and try to get caught...

...in the hope of getting a drink.

Are you satisfied?

What are their names?

Imina, Asiak...

...and their mother.

Inuk.

Imina.

- Asiak.

The distance was

great for three women...

...to travel alone.

Kidok travelled with us.

Kidok is here?

He thought three women

could not protect themselves.

The seal is not small.

Nobody wanted to kill it.

It insisted upon being caught.

Where is Kidok?

Kidok happened to

hear the sound of a walrus.

He went to hunt.

It's a good hide.

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Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle Jr., August 7, 1911 – June 16, 1979) was an American film director best known for the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Ray is also appreciated for a large number of narrative features produced between 1947 and 1963 including Bigger Than Life, Johnny Guitar, They Live by Night, and In a Lonely Place, as well as an experimental work produced throughout the 1970s titled We Can't Go Home Again, which was unfinished at the time of Ray's death from lung cancer. Ray's compositions within the CinemaScope frame and use of color are particularly well-regarded. Ray was an important influence on the French New Wave, with Jean-Luc Godard famously writing in a review of Bitter Victory, "cinema is Nicholas Ray." more…

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