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Something Wild

Jack Garfein

 
Something Wild (Criterion Blu-Ray)

17 Jan 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1961
  • 113 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #850

A complex exploration of the physical and emotional effects of trauma, Something Wild stars Carroll Baker, in a layered performance, as a college student who attempts suicide after a brutal sexual assault but is stopped by a mechanic (Ralph Meeker)—whose kindness, however, soon takes an unsettling turn. Startlingly modern in its frankness and psychological realism, the film represents one of the purest on-screen expressions of the sensibility of the intimate community of artists around New York’s Actors Studio, which transformed American cinema in the mid-twentieth century. With astonishing location and claustrophobic interior photography by Eugene Schüfftan, an opening-title sequence by the inimitable Saul Bass, and a rhythmic score by Aaron Copland, Jack Garfein’s film is a masterwork of independent cinema.

Cast

Mary AnnCarroll Baker
MikeRalph Meeker
Mrs. GatesMildred Dunnock
Shirley JohnsonJean Stapleton
LandlordMartin Kosleck
Warren GatesCharles Watts
Detective BogartClifton James

Credits

DirectorJack Garfein
Screenplay byJack Garfein and Alex Karmel
Based on the novel Mary Ann byAlex Karmel
Music composed and conducted byAaron Copland
Cinematography byEugen Schüfftan
Credits bySaul Bass
Produced byGeorge Justin
Art direction byRichard Day and Albert Brenner

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Jack Garfein, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Garfein and critic Kim Morgan
  • New interview with actor Carroll Baker
  • Behind the Method, a new interview with scholar Foster Hirsch on the Actors Studio
  • Master Class with Jack Garfein, excerpts from a 2014 recording of one of the director’s world-famous lectures on acting technique
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley

    New cover by John Sellards

Film Essays

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Something Wild: Last Chances

By Sheila O’Malley January 17, 2017

Jack Garfein’s no-holds-barred account of sexual assault and trauma captures the volatile sensibility of the Actors Studio. Read more »

Performances

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Beauty and the Beast: Ralph Meeker in Something Wild

By Imogen Sara Smith June 05, 2017

Known for playing sexy noir toughs, Ralph Meeker underwent a startling transformation as the anguished, slovenly male lead in Jack Garfein’s psychological drama. Read more »


Video

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The New York of Something Wild

January 23, 2017

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. . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Something Wild: Last Chances

By Sheila O’Malley January 17, 2017

Jack Garfein’s no-holds-barred account of sexual assault and trauma captures the volatile sensibility of the Actors Studio. Read more »


Photo Galleries

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Other Editions

Something Wild (Criterion DVD)

17 Jan 2017

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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