Cornel Wilde

The Naked Prey

The Naked Prey

Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the sixties and seventies a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than The Naked Prey. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends an African tribe, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. Only Wilde's marksman is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he embarks on a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle, back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and the unflinching depiction of savagery, The Naked Prey is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the notion of civilization.

Film Info

  • Cornel Wilde
  • United States
  • 1966
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #415

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Stephen Prince
  • "John Colter’s Escape," a 1913 written record of the trapper's flight from Blackfoot Indians—which was the inspiration for The Naked Prey—read by actor Paul Giamatti
  • Original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, along with a written statement by Tracey on the score
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

New cover by Michael Boland

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Stephen Prince
  • "John Colter’s Escape," a 1913 written record of the trapper's flight from Blackfoot Indians—which was the inspiration for The Naked Prey—read by actor Paul Giamatti
  • Original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, along with a written statement by Tracey on the score
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

New cover by Michael Boland

The Naked Prey
Cast
Cornel Wilde
Man
Gert Van den Bergh
2nd man
Ken Gampu
The leader of the warriors
Patrick Mynhardt
Safari overseer
Bella Randles
Little girl
Morrison Gampu
Tribal chief
Sandy Nkomo
The pursuers
Richard Mashiya
Joe Dlamini
Horace Gilman
Jose Sithole
Fusi Zazayokwe
Franklyn Mdhluli
John Marcus
Eric Mcanyana
Credits
Director
Cornel Wilde
Screenplay
Clint Johnston
Screenplay
Don Peters
Co-producer
Sven Persson
Cinematography
H. A. R. Thomson
Production supervisor
Basil Keys
Editing
Roger Cherrill
Musical advisor
Andrew Tracey
Theme song sung by
The Principal Warriors

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