Part of Essentials of Feminist Cinema.
An overlooked landmark of 70s American cinema, Barbara Loden's WANDA is a radical revisioning of the road movie genre. Writer-director Loden (wife of famed director Elia Kazan) stars as Wanda, a troubled young woman adrift in a modern-day industrial wasteland until she embarks on a crime spree with a small-time crook (Michael Higgins). Bracingly honest and beautifully shot, Loden's unique film deserves to be counted among the most formidable debuts in independent American cinema. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and GUCCI.
‘Who Was Barbara Loden? WANDA and the Life of an Actual Woman’ - Kate McCourt, PropellerMag.com ‘Bringing WANDA Back’ - Richard Brody, New Yorker