Naked Under Leather

The Wild One

Laslo Benedek, US, 1953, 79 min.

The Wild One is the quintessential biker movie. Featuring Marlon Brando in the iconic role of the leather-clad outlaw, the film left a lasting impression on American pop culture, influencing everything from Easy Rider to Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli. John Paxton’s screenplay was based on actual incidents of towns in California being terrorized by motorcycle gangs. During its initial theatrical run, many theaters were afraid to show the film for fear that the on-screen glamorizing of violence and lawlessness would inspire rioting and other anti-social behaviors. 

About Naked Under Leather

Lightbox Film Center, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum is pleased to host Naked Under Leather, a series of films that explore the leather jacket as a symbolic icon in American cinema. Naked Under Leather celebrates Ursula von Rydingsvard’s new sculpture PODERWAĆ, 2017, a monumental leather jacket made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling is on view from April 27 to August 26. More information at