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Actress/filmmaker Barbara Loden both directs and stars in the stark little character study Wanda. She plays a girl from a remote mining town, timidly searching for security and love in the big city. After several desultory and abusive relationships, Wanda is "saved" by Dennis (Michael Higgins), who turns out to be a petty crook. Stylistically, Wanda is spare, lean, and understated -- on every level. Loden originally shot the film on 16 mm, then blew it up to 35 for arthouse showings. ~ Hal
Feb 28, 1971 Wide
Aug 15, 2006
Wanda is the singular vision of an artist who hailed from surroundings as bleak and limited as her title character's.
The film is all the more impressive for its refusal to get embroiled in half-baked political attitudinising.
...a solid characters study and fine debut, and swan song (Loden died in 1980 after battling cancer), for an unrequited filmmaker.
A sometimes incoherent primal scream, directed not at any particular target but at the state of the American dream in the late 1960s, especially as it applied to women.
This intelligent and original film is a prime example of the great films truly indie directors can make.
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