941 Smithereens

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941 Smithereens

#1 Post by swo17 » Tue May 15, 2018 4:23 pm

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Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of 1980s New York with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (Susan Berman)—a sparkplug in fishnets who lives dangerously downtown—moves to the city with the mission of becoming famous. When not pasting up flyers for herself or hanging at the Peppermint Lounge, she's getting involved with Paul (Brad Rijn), the nicest guy to ever live in a van next to the highway, and Eric (Richard Hell), an aloof rocker. Shot on 16 mm film that captures the grit and glam of the setting, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others, Smithereens—the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d'Or—is an unfaded snapshot of a bygone era.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

• New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Susan Seidelman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Seidelman
• New interviews with Seidelman and actor Susan Berman
And You Act Like One Too (1976) and Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern (1979), two early shorts by Seidelman, with new introductions by the director
• PLUS: An essay by critic Rebecca Bengal

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Re: 941 Smithereens

#2 Post by hearthesilence » Tue May 15, 2018 4:45 pm

Richard Hell in now in the Collection. F*** yeah.

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Re: 941 Smithereens

#3 Post by The Masked Marvel » Tue May 15, 2018 4:56 pm

hearthesilence wrote:Richard Hell in now in the Collection. F*** yeah.
...along with more music from the Feelies.

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Re: 941 Smithereens

#4 Post by domino harvey » Tue May 15, 2018 8:19 pm

the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d'Or
That can't possibly be true, can it?

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#5 Post by zedz » Tue May 15, 2018 8:43 pm

domino harvey wrote:
the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d'Or
That can't possibly be true, can it?
I found it surprising too, so I did some searching. In 1974, there was The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, produced by AIP. And I don’t believe Johnny Got His Gun was a studio film.

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#6 Post by colinr0380 » Wed May 16, 2018 12:17 pm

Smithereens previously had a DVD release back in 2004 by Blue Underground, so I wonder if the other 'debut film by a female director' that Blue Underground released at the same time, The Loveless by Kathryn Bigelow, may also be upcoming?

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