DIRECTOR: BARBARA LODEN
CAST: BARBARA LODEN, MICHAEL HIGGINS, DOROTHY SHUPENES, PETER SHUPENES
Q&A and booksigning with Durga Chew-Bose, author of Too Much and Not the Mood, following the 6:45pm screening on April 13th.
“I think that there is a miracle in Wanda,” said Marguerite Duras of Barbara Loden’s 1970 directorial debut, the only film she would write and direct, and that she stars in too—a performance that feels, as Duras noted, void of distance between Loden and her character. Wanda, the film’s heroine, is a woman who Loden once described as living “an ugly type existence,” as a wife and mother who abandons her family (and herself too), in pursuit of what exactly? Some sense of self. She is a woman persuaded by what she doesn’t want, killing time and, as it happens, on the lam with a bank robber she barely knows. There’s no question, the oneness that orbits Loden and Wanda also haunts the screen. Her first and what would end up being her last go at directing is a gift to cinema.
35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and GUCCI.
Wanda is screening as part of the series: Too Much and Not in the Mood