Something Wild

1961

Drama

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 944

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Doris Roberts as Mary Ann's Co-Worker
Carroll Baker as Mary Ann Robinson
Diane Ladd as Bit Part
William Hickey as Bit Part
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Reviewed by treywillwest 5 / 10

nope

This is a fascinatingly bad film. It reveals what is best and worst, mostly the latter, about Stanislavsian method and the NY Actors' School.

For a work that I truly think poor, I must admit it has commendable qualities. The on-location cinematography- almost all of it in deep- focus- of '61 New York is great, and the acting is impressive when it's not clownishly overwrought. But the best things about this film underline its worst and most offensive qualities.

The storyline: a college girl is raped in a park. Traumatized, she runs away from home and eventually attempts suicide. She is stopped from killing herself by a dude who goes on to kidnap, imprison and attempt to rape her while drunk. When she escapes the creep, she realizes she is lonely and goes back to the abuser, asking to be his wife. She convinces her mother that this is right and good.

Stanislavski's philosophy has always seemed to me to be: accept type- casting as the truth about yourself. In patriarchal terms this means accept womanhood as a victimization of male desire. In capitalist terms this means that one should accept class-oppression as a product of the needs of the Market.

If you resist your type-cast, the Actors' Studio might tell you, you are merely trying to ignore the Truth. Put in what-I-take-to-be- Stanislavski's-terms, I am proud to say I am in denial. It only means that I resist this World's dismissal of myself.

Reviewed by tomsview 9 / 10

Still Wild

This amazing film came in that period of the late 50s and early 60s that produced some of the most intense movies ever. Although young, I remember the impact they made at the time. The censorship of the day was buckling under the pressure.

None put more pressure on it than "Something Wild".

Pale, beautiful Carroll Baker, whose role in "Baby Doll" forewarned audiences to be ready for anything, plays Mary Ann, a college student who lives at home with her demanding mother. One night on her way home from the subway Mary Ann is raped. Although the rape is not as graphic as the one in 2002's "Irreversible", back then it must have been almost on a par with the shower scene in "Psycho".

However, the way Mary Ann deals with it is almost as shocking - no thirst for revenge or manhunt for the perpetrator - she tells no one, but the damage to her psyche is profound. She becomes withdrawn and leaves home. As her pain reaches the breaking point, she is stopped from committing suicide by Mike, a passing stranger played by Ralph Meeker.

Just when you think Mary Ann's problems couldn't get any worse, they do - Mike keeps her imprisoned in his basement apartment. When he comes back drunk one night and attempts to touch her, she kicks out one of his eyes. For audiences that may have just seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or "Westside Story", there was stuff in "Something Wild" that would have stopped them munching on their popcorn mid-munch.

The resolution to the film is also a surprise when Mary Anne and Mike end up together - Stockholm syndrome in 1961? She even reconciles with Mother, although I couldn't help thinking that the closing scene heralded mother-in-law problems big time for poor old one-eyed Mike.

The film was shot in B/W on the streets of New York with a real eye for composition. An Aaron Copland score and titles by Saul Bass add to the quality of a film that belies its budget.

Although I had seen "Something Wild" decades ago, it was after seeing "Berlin Syndrome" that I was reminded of it, and bought the Criterion version. It is a beautiful restoration with interviews with Carroll Baker and the director, Jack Garfein, now in their mid-80's.

Garfein says that the relationship that developed between Mike and Mary Ann wasn't Stockholm syndrome while Carroll Baker in a separate interview thought that it was. One of the joys of her interview was her self-deprecating sense of humour.

"Something Wild" hasn't lost its power - it still makes you sit up and take notice.

Reviewed by Mr_Ectoplasma 9 / 10

Haunting portrayal of emotional and physical captivity

"Something Wild" follows Mary Ann (Carroll Baker), a young woman attending college who is raped in a park near her home in the Bronx. The assault traumatizes her and she becomes rapidly withdrawn, telling no one of what has happened. She becomes increasingly agoraphobic, drops out of school, and leaves her parents without notice, renting a room in the lower Manhattan and going into virtual isolation. One day, in a panic, she attempts to jump off the Manhattan bridge, but is stopped by a burly mechanic (Ralph Meeker) who takes her in—but doesn't let her go.

More or less left out of the history books aside from a small number of devotees, "Something Wild" is one of the weirder films Carroll Baker made (aside from her Italian giallo career, which is an entirely other story). Contemporarily, the film has been noted for its close connection to the Actors Studio (Baker was a student, and then-husband/director Garfein, a teacher) as well as for being one of the pioneers of independent American cinema. Tonally, "Something Wild" is a strange film in that it straddles the lines between psychological drama and psychological thriller; a catalog of sexual abuse trauma and a bizarre affirmation of "Leave it to Beaver" ethos.

What the film is consistent in is its sense of claustrophobia and depictions of New York City. As someone who lived in New York for several years, I can say the film captures the isolating elements of the city that are more oft than not underrepresented in films. The fact that the post-war New York depicted here is a far cry from the post-millennial New York I lived in makes a difference of course, but for being a film that takes place in a sea of people, the film is remarkably quiet and introverted—the narrative revolves entirely around Mary Ann's withdrawal into herself, which is mirrored in the disconnect she has from those around her. The film has little dialogue, and the bulk of the scenes take place in small, depressing rooms, and the cinematography evokes the claustrophobia of the interior spaces remarkably; other phenomenal bits include a horrific nightmare scene in which Baker is tormented by a group of faceless girls at a gallery, mirroring an earlier scene in which she is bullied by her co-workers.

Given the film is very lightly driven by dialogue, Baker's performance is integral, and she is fantastic in the part. What makes the part so complicated is that not only is the dialogue sparse, but the character's emotional world is so much suppressed that she is not necessarily able to perform with her face; while she retains a blankness for most of the film, she is still able to masterfully transmit a sense of suffering that festers under the surface. Meeker plays the burly mechanic and is perhaps even more of a mystery to the audience, though the characters are equal mysteries to one another. Their relationship as captor and captive is bizarrely drawn and the conclusion is baffling but strangely appropriate.

Overall, "Something Wild" is a phenomenal, under-seen psychological drama that deserves a wider audience. As a study of sexual trauma and urban isolation, the film was far ahead of its time, and Baker's understated yet powerful performance and the film's haunting, claustrophobic cinematography are true standouts. I'm not sure there's been anything like it before or since. 9/10.

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