Archive of films The Crazies / The Crazies

USA
1973, 103 min

Section: Midnight Screenings
Year: 2015

The Crazies serves as a chillingly complex metaphor for American society after the Vietnam War, or more precisely after “Vietnamization,” the US process of distancing itself from the conflict. Even at the level of the individual the inescapable madness manifests itself in a variety of forms: from alarmingly uninformed soldiers and a maniacal military scientist to infected civilians and a conscientious colonel, who is sent to the contaminated area only to be withdrawn after failing to do anything about it.


Synopsis

Viewing The Crazies as a straight critique of the army would be rather nearsighted. At the time of its making, American society had gone through a series of significant issues and disillusioning events, and the picture reflects the prevailing mood of fear and the sense of helplessness. The director thoroughly subordinates everything in the film to the central theme of madness represented by the loss of established certainties and ideals. In a certain respect, the affliction affects all the characters, whether ordinary citizens, soldiers, or government officials headed by the president. Each of these three groups is at odds with the other two, ultimately resulting in an all-pervasive paranoia. In the final analysis, The Crazies serves as a chillingly complex metaphor for American society after the Vietnam War, or more precisely after “Vietnamization,” the US process of distancing itself from the conflict. Even at the level of the individual the inescapable madness manifests itself in a variety of forms: from alarmingly uninformed soldiers and a maniacal military scientist to infected civilians and a conscientious colonel, who is sent to the contaminated area only to be withdrawn after failing to do anything about it.    


About the director

George A. Romero (b. 1939, USA) grew up in New York and attended the Carnegie-Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began his career producing industrial films and television commercials. He’s one of the top names in the modern horror film, thanks to his first feature, the low-budget cult classic Night of the Living Dead (1968), and its sequels Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005). His early works, made in and around Pittsburgh, tap into the zeitgeist of social commentary. His filmography includes There’s Always Vanilla (1971), Hungry Wives (1972), The Crazies (1973), Martin (1977), Knightriders (1981), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), The Dark Half (1993), and Bruiser (2000).

Contacts

Films Around The World, Inc.
44-02 23rd Street Studio 109 (Ground Floor), 111 01, New York
United States of America
Tel: +1 212 599 9500
Fax: +1 212 599 6040
E-mail: alexjr@pipeline.com

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Midnight Screenings
   
Director: George A. Romero
Screenplay: Paul McCollough, George A. Romero
Dir. of Photography: S. William Hinzman
Music: Bruce Roberts
Editor: George A. Romero
Producer: Pittsburgh Films
Production: A.C. Croft
Cast: Lane Carroll
Sales: Films Around The World, Inc.

Guests

George A. Romero

Film Director

YouTube

© 2019 Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary: festival@kviff.com +420 221 411 011 All contacts

HistoryHistory GalleryGallery
Passes, tickets, reservationsPasses, tickets, reservations Festival DailyFestival Daily
HistoryHistory ContactsContacts
Archive of filmsArchive of films KVIFF TalksKVIFF Talks
Industry Days June 30 - July 3Industry Days June 30 - July 3 ContactsContacts
Press accreditationPress accreditation ContactsContacts
VideogalleryVideogallery GalleryGallery
HistoryHistory Festival GuideFestival Guide