Essential Cinema: The Original Indies: The Birth of American Independent Cinema


Directed by Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, and Joseph Strick

USA, 1960, 1h 8min, 35mm

Essential Cinema  The Original Indies: The Birth of American Independent Cinema

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752


$13.50 evening / $11 matinee (available M-F for shows before 6 PM)

$4 discounts for AFS MAKE & WATCH members. Free for LOVE & Premiere members.

Discounts for AISD educators and local high school & college students are available at the box office with a valid school ID.

“Arresting, sometimes shocking. A forceful display of cinematic pyrotechnics. An essay on love. It is from the concentration on the Hogarthian faces of Los Angeles that THE SAVAGE EYE derives its ferocity!”
The New York Times

“A film of powerful impact on any audience!”
Herald Tribune

A young woman waits out her divorce by making her way through the dark side of sunny, 1950s Los Angeles. Weaving through strip clubs, casinos, and endless rows of shops, a disembodied male voice dominates her consciousness, questioning her every action in stark, poetic prose. A hypnotic urban nightmare, this hybridization of documentary and fiction is a battle of angels, a quintessential piece of Los Angeles independent cinema from directors Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, and Joseph Strick. In 35mm. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive.