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Wanda
     

Wanda

Cast: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Charles Dosinan, Frank Jourdano

 
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

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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.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
One of a handful of 1970s women's films directed by a woman, Wanda (1970) is a low-key study of a mining-town housewife who wants a little more out of life. Actress/writer/director Barbara Loden's deceptively passive Wanda seems to be a lost soul, as she wanders through coal yards in her curlers, yet she gets a divorce and strikes out on her own, ending up with Michael Higgins' criminal Dennis. Even as he makes her over and she hits the road with him, her inarticulateness becomes her means of resistance, manifesting the paradox faced by women who want to be more than a wife, in a culture that provides few alternatives. This subtle study of character and situation unstintingly reveals the grim reality of Wanda's existence, free of easy solutions or pat conclusions. Produced independently and shot on 16 mm film blown up to 35 mm for distribution, Wanda received accolades at film festivals and in limited arthouse runs, especially for its thoughtful performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
UPC:
0892131001014
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
PARLOUR PICTURES
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

New digital transfer; Liner notes by film scholar Berenice Reynaud

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Disc #1 -- Barbara Lodens's: Wanda
1. Opening Credits [:27]
2. Unwelcome Guest [3:32]
3. Coalfields [5:15]
4. The Courthouse [3:06]
5. $12 a Day [3:08]
6. "Wait a Minute" [4:18]
7. Matinee [4:46]
8. The Bar is Closed [4:46]
9. Diner [1:48]
10. Motel Room [5:49]
11. "No Onions, No Garbage" [3:08]
12. Stolen Car [6:23]
13. A Gun [2:20]
14. Headache [3:59]
15. Model Plane [6:50]
16. A Change of Clothes [6:05]
17. Third National Bank [3:17]
18. The Old Man [3:55]
19. The Plan [4:46]
20. The Andersons [8:27]
21. The Heist [4:28]
22. Another Pickup [4:29]
23. Roadhouse [5:29]
24. End Credits [1:12]

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