One of the most striking elements of Something Wild, Jack Garfein’s psychologically complex examination of trauma and attachment, is the 1960s New York City its distressed characters inhabit. Shot by Eugen Schüfftan, an Oscar-winning German cinematographer renowned for the special-effects technique he created for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, the film’s stunning black-and-white images capture the beauty and oppressiveness of the city streets, the dizzying claustrophobia of subway cars, and quiet moments on the Manhattan Bridge just before rush hour. As Shelia O’Malley writes in her liner notes on our edition, Schüfftan was known for “blending poeticism and realism, the surreal and the documentary, a style that works perfectly with the urban terror of Something Wild. His street photography in the film captures New York in a way that had not been done before.” In a program on our release, excerpted in the clip below, Garfein sits down with critic Kim Morgan to discuss his experience bringing this gritty masterpiece of American independent cinema to life.
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.