Susan Seidelman

Smithereens

Smithereens

Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of New York City with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (Susan Berman)—a spark plug in fishnets—moves to the city with the mission of becoming famous. When not pasting up self-promotional flyers or hanging at the Peppermint Lounge, she’s getting involved with Paul (Brad Rinn), the nicest guy to ever live in a van next to the highway, and Eric (Richard Hell), an aloof rocker. Shot on 16 mm film that captures the grit and glam of downtown in the 1980s, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others, Smithereens—the first American independent film to compete for the Palme d’Or—is an unfaded snapshot of a bygone era.

Film Info

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Susan Seidelman
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Seidelman
  • New interviews with Seidelman and actor Susan Berman
  • And You Act Like One Too (1976) and Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern (1979), two early shorts by Seidelman, with new introductions by the director
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Rebecca Bengal

New cover by Jay Shaw

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Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Susan Seidelman
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Seidelman
  • New interviews with Seidelman and actor Susan Berman
  • And You Act Like One Too (1976) and Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern (1979), two early shorts by Seidelman, with new introductions by the director
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Rebecca Bengal

New cover by Jay Shaw

Smithereens
Cast
Susan Berman
Wren
Brad Rinn
Paul
Richard Hell
Eric
Nada Despotovich
Cecile
Roger Jett
Billy (Eric’s roommate)
Kitty Summerall
Eric’s wife
Robynne White
Landlady
D. J. O’Neill
Ed
Katherine Riley
First hooker
Amos Poe
Hustler in bar
Cookie Mueller
Horror-movie sequence
Edward E. French
Horror-movie sequence
Credits
Director
Susan Seidelman
Produced by
Susan Seidelman
Associate producer
Joanne Gross
Director of photography
Chirine El Khadem
Production design
Franz Harland
Music composed and performed by
Glenn Mercer
Music composed and performed by
Bill Million
Screenplay
Ron Nyswaner
Screenplay
Peter Askin
Story
Susan Seidelman
Story
Ron Nyswaner