An opportunity to re-assess the reputation of maverick cinéaste Joseph Strick, thanks to the restoration of three of his most celebrated films by the Academy Film Archive in LA. Completed 50 years ago with two co-directors, Ben Maddow and Sidney Meyers, The Savage Eye won international acclaim as an innovative semi-documentary about urban life. A jaundiced camera-eye follows Judith, a recently divorced woman trying to adjust to single life, on a journey through the uglier side of a city’s existence, taking in drunks, religious fanatics, leering spectators at a strip show and other discomfiting scenes of human behaviour. An original,uncompromising view of contemporary society, Strick’s collaborative labour of love remains real and fascinating. —bfi
Joseph Strick (July 6, 1923 – June 2, 2010) was an American director, producer and screenwriter.
Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, Strick briefly attended UCLA before enrolling in the Army during World War II. In the Army, he served as a cameraman in the Army Air Forces.
In 1948, he and Irving Lerner produced Muscle Beach. For several years in the 1950s, Lerner, Strick, Ben Maddow, and Sidney Meyers worked part-time on the experimental documentary The Savage Eye (1959).
Strick was also a successful businessman, founding Electrosolids Corp (1956), Computron Corp. (1958), Physical Sciences Corp (1958), and Holosonics Corp. (1960) In 1977 he invented the usage of six-axis motion simulators as entertainment systems and applied it to new machines used now in Disney theme parks as “Star Tours.”
In the 1960s, during his first marriage, Strick commissioned what would be the only house designed by Oscar Niemeyer in North America. The marriage ended in divorce before… read more