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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Joseph Strick (July 6, 1923 – June 2, 2010) was an American director, producer and screenwriter.

Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, he learned film making when serving as a cameraman in the US Air Force in World War II. 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) 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".

The Savage Eye won the BAFTA Flaherty Documentary Award, and was hailed as part of an "American New Wave" alongside the work of Shirley Clarke and John Cassavetes. In 1970, He won an Academy award for best documentary for his movie Interviews with My Lai Veterans. His famous ventures include a film adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses and the movie Never Cry Wolf (1983).

In Britain he directed at the Royal Shakespeare Company (1964) and the National Theatre (2003).


  • Margot Norris, Ulysses (University of Cork Press, 2004)
  • Bosley Crowther, The Great Films (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1967), pages 247-250
  • William Wulf, Landmark Films (Paddington Press, 1979) pages 278-290
  • Michael Webb, A Modernist Paradise (Rizzoli, 2004)

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