Reviews for Barbara Loden’s ‘Wanda’

“This uncompromising landmark of independent film has long been one of my personal holy grails — a ‘lost movie’ frequently mentioned in hushed, reverent tones by filmmakers worth admiring, but nearly impossible to locate via legal means.” – Sean Burns, The Artery

“Wanda’s somnambulant, nomadic journey plays out like a hazy dream rendered in 24 vintage Polaroids a second.” – Karina Longworth, LA Weekly

“‘Realism’ doesn’t entirely do justice to the world Wanda inhabits, which, for all the grit and grunge of its bars and diners and factory floors, is also a world of startling everyday beauty.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“If there is a female counterpart to John Cassavetes, Barbara Loden is it.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

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Area Premiere Reissue! New Digital Restoration!

Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28

Please Note: Due to a scheduling conflict, WANDA will screen at 8:00 PM only on Friday, October 26th. We regret any inconvenience.

(1970) dir Barbara Loden w/Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes [102 min; DCP]
With her first and only feature film – a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in – Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and softspoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, and callously mistreated by a series of men – including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A rarely seen masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, WANDA is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and GUCCI.

Staff Pick: Alissa, Ivy, Brandon, Greg
Ivy – SO excited to see this woman-directed rarity on screen in its restoration.
Brandon – a sad poem of a film, with a similarity to Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy.

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Friday 10/26
at 4:45, 7:00, 9:15 8:00 PM
Saturday 10/27
at 12:00 2:15 7:00 9:15 PM
Sunday 10/28
at 12:00 2:30 4:45 7:00 9:15 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.