Smithereens (1983) is the directorial debut of Susan Seidelman, best known for directing 80’s classic Desperately Seeking Susan. Smithereens tells the story of Wren, an over-confident and self-absorbed young woman living in Manhattan. Wren longs to be famous despite having no discernible talent to speak of. She spends her time scheming and hanging on to anyone who can get her somewhere, including punk rock icon Richard Hell of Richard Hell & The Voidoids. Early 1980’s Manhattan is eerily stark. We often see Wren surrounded by vacant lots, graffitied buildings, random fires, and garbage. Featuring a soundtrack by The Feelies, Smithereens provides a window into now defunct clubs, including The Peppermint Lounge. Smithereens is a fascinating look at a bygone area of New York City. Smithereens was the first American independent film to compete for the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival.
By Marissa Rose 3/26/11