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Wanda

Spine #965



Release:
Mar 19, 2019
$29.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.37:1 Standard
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Wanda

Other Versions:

Blu-ray


Directed By: Barbara Loden
Licensor: Janus Films




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, where she falls prey to a series of callous men—including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. An until now difficult-to-see 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.

Supplements
  • I Am Wanda, an hour-long documentary by Katja Raganelli featuring an interview with director Barbara Loden filmed in 1980
  • Audio recording of Barbara Loden speaking to students at the American Film Institute in 1971
  • Segment from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Barbara Loden
  • The Frontier Experience (1975), a short educational film about a pioneer woman’s struggle to survive, directed by and starring Loden
  • Trailer
  • An essay by film critic Amy Taubin

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