The Savage Innocents

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Released 1960

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Director:
Nicholas Ray
Released:
1960
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The Savage Innocents is a 1960 film directed, and adapted from the novel Top of the World, by Nicholas Ray. A major focus of the film is the wife-sharing practices demonstrated by the Eskimo people. This point is exemplified when the Eskimo hunter Inuk (Anthony Quinn) offers his wife (Yoko Tani) to a priest as a gift and as a sign of his generosity. Inuk immediately kills the priest when he refuses as the action is seen as an insult to his and his wife's honor. Following this event, Inuk is tracked by a Canadian trooper (Peter O'Toole) and his partner (Carlo Giustini), who are determined to uphold the law and bring the murderous Eskimo to justice. The Savage Innocents also reveals a great deal about the Eskimo way of life, including their struggle to survive in an extreme environment and their attempts to cling to their culture even as Western influences begin to dominate.
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