Win a copy of Smithereens on Blu-ray

Win a copy of Smithereens on Blu-ray

Win a copy of Smithereens on Blu-ray™

On 27 August the Criterion Collection and Sony Picture Home Entertainment release Susan Seidelman's debut feature Smithereens, the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d'Or.

Susan Seidelman's electrifying debut is a vivid dispatch from eighties New York and a benchmark for independent film.

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.

The director-approved special edition Blu-ray includes a new, restored 2K digital transfer supervised by director Susan Seidelman, as well as new interviews with Seidelman and actor Susan Berman, two early short films by Seidelman - And You Act Like One Too (1976), and Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern (1979), along with the original 2004 director's commentary. The package also includes an essay by critic Rebecca Bengal.

Smithereens - Out On Blu-ray™ 27 August

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