Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and â70s 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 a group of South African hunters, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. A lone marksman (Wilde) is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he begins a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and unflinchingly ferocious action sequences, The Naked Prey
is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the concept of civilization.
- Audio commentary by film scholar Stephen Prince
- â¢âJohn Colterâs Escape,â a 1913 written record of the trapperâs flight from Blackfoot Indiansâwhich was the inspiration for The Naked Preyâread 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
- Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson