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Wanda

  • Dir: Barbara Loden

  • USA, 1970, English, 102mins, DCP

  • Cast: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes

Pauline Kael called it “extremely drab”, while Marguerite Duras asserted “there’s a miracle in it”, Barbara Loden’s first and only feature film which she wrote, directed and starred in is a sympathetic and agonizing portrait of a woman stranded on society’s edge. Borne out of her own embattled legacy with a Tony Award under her belt, Wanda follows a passive, rather stupid woman who, after divorced by her husband, wanders off into a series of misfortunes and becomes an accomplice in a bank robbery. Shooting on grainy 16mm with sculptural density, Loden invested in documentary truth comparable to that of John Cassavetes, standing as a testimony of her unflinching effort at selfrecognition – and maybe what Duras termed: redemption.

 

Venice Film Festival: Pasinetti Award for Best Foreign Film

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.

 

29/8 (Sun): Film talk with Joyce Yang

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