In posterity, Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright
may be remembered more vividly for the incredible events that saved the picture from extinction than for the strength of its content. For reasons that remain unknown, the movie nearly faded into oblivion -- as of the early ’90s, only two prints existed, both in unsatisfactory condition, and the negatives appeared to have vanished from the face of the Earth. But in 2004, a small miracle transpired when a conservator discovered a crate in a Pittsburgh warehouse that had been earmarked for disposal, and found deteriorating negatives of Wake in Fright
inside. Thanks to the efforts of Martin Scorsese, employees of ...