Ann Perry – Sweet Savage (1979)
The above summary is a bit of a cliché, I’ll grant you, but this film is one of the most original and entertaining explicit films I have ever seen. Sweet Savage is a film that not only captures the feel of the old west, but captures the feel of an old Gollywood western from say, Monogram pictures, or some other similar company in the 1930s-40s. A young Indian girl named Shy Dove(Beth Anna)returns to her tribe after spending some years away at an exclusive Boston boarding school. She soon encounters racism at the hands of the local white settlers, finding solace in the hands of a white man, Damon(Jon Hollabaugh). Of course this infuriates the locals(among them Hollywood actor Aldo Ray who has a small part as Mr. Banner)who believe in keeping Indian and white culture(and relations) separate, so they in turn gang rape Shy Dove.
When her brother finds out about this, he promptly stages an attack of his own, kidnapping a white girl and keeping her prisoner. This further enrages the locals who plan a ghastly revenge… Sweet Savage is truly in a class all of its own both in terms of its peculiar genres as well as its very high quality production values(the film is shot on an actual Western town set) and also incorporates a great many extras(both cowboy and Indian, as the end credits put it). What makes it an even greater anomaly is the fact that the films director is in fact a WOMAN(Anne Perry, who was also the only female head of the AFAA). In fact, this is a very “sterotypically feminine” film in that it tells a heart filled love story as opposed to the stereotypically “masculine western” which is more concerned with violence and Cowboy/Indian games. A rare treat for those whose taste it is.