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 Meekerâwhose 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 Yorkâs Actors Studio, which transformed American cinema in the mid-twentieth century. With astonishing location and claustrophobic interior photography by Eugene SchÃ¼fftan, 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.
- New conversation between Jack Garfein and critic Kim Morgan
- New interview with actor Carroll Baker
- New interview with scholar Foster Hirsch on the Actors Studioâs cinematic legacy
- Master Class with Jack Garfein, a 2015 recording of one of the directorâs world-famous lectures on acting technique
- An essay by critic Sheila O'Malley