Screen/Society--Precarious Living--"Wanda" (1970) New 4K DCP Restoration
"Wanda" (Barbara Loden, 1970, 103 min, DCP)
In her first and only feature film, Barbara Loden pulls off a remarkable writer-director-star turn in "Wanda", a film about a directionless young mother in Pennsylvania coal country who wanders away from her young family and finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, and callously treated by a series of men - including perhaps the least charismatic bank robber in movie history. Loden was herself born poor in Marion, North Carolina, and her film is a starkly verité look at the bleak options for working class women seeking to give patriarchy the slip in rural 70s America. A singular, downbeat masterpiece of American cinema, rarely seen but highly influential, this brand new 4k restoration is not to be missed.
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