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Wanda

Wanda

Wanda

1970 / 102min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: BARBARA LODEN

CAST: BARBARA LODEN, MICHAEL HIGGINS, DOROTHY SHUPENES, PETER SHUPENES

“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. Wanda 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.

Program note by Durga Chew-Bose. 35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and GUCCI.