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Something Wild (1961)

Street Date:
January 17th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
1961
MPAA Rating:
Unrated
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
113 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Drama

Starring:

Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker, Mildred Dunnock

Director:

Jack Garfein

Plot Synopsis:

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 played by 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, this film by Jack Garfein is a masterwork of independent cinema.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.66:1

Audio Formats

  • English LPCM Mono

Subtitles/Captions

  • English SDH

Supplements

  • New conversation between Garfein and critic Kim Morgan
  • New interview with actor Carroll Baker
  • New interview with scholar Foster Hirsch on the Actors Studio’s cinematic legacy
  • Master Class with Jack Garfein, a 2015 recording of one of the director’s world-famous lectures on acting technique
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley