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Miami Premiere Engagement of the new restoration! WANDA by Barbara Loden

  • 16 Sep 2018
  • 6:45 PM - 8:25 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SUN, SEPT 16, 6:45p:

Miami Premiere of the New Restoration!


Directed by BARBARA LODEN/1970/103mins.

With Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins

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 soft-spoken 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.


“I tried not to explain things too much in the film, not to be too explicit, not to be too verbal. My subject matter is of people who are not too verbal and not aware of their condition….I really hate slick pictures. They’re too perfect to be believable. I don’t mean just in the look. I mean in the rhythm, in the cutting, the music—everything. The slicker the technique is, the slicker the content becomes, until everything turns into Formica, including the people… It’s not a new wave. It’s the old wave. That’s what they used to do. They took a camera, and they went out and shot. Around that act, this whole fantastic apparatus grew up—the Hollywood albatross. They made a ship out of lead. It won’t float anymore.”

-Quotes from a March 11, 1971, New York Times profile

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