The work of a great, original, natural filmmaker, Wanda continues to confound viewers that don’t recognize honest human reality when they see it. A woman dispossessed, uprooted and adrift no longer has a self-definition, just a basic drive to subsist and find someone who values her. Morals? It’s hard enough just to survive. Director-actress Barbara Loden
isn’t Wanda, yet she is — her film erases the distinctions between movies, theater and reality, something John Cassavetes
never quite accomplished.
The Criterion Collection 965
1970 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 103 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date March 19, 2019 / 39.95
Starring: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Jerome Thier
, Jack Ford.
Cinematography, Editing: Nicholas T. Proferes
Produced by Harry Shuster
Directed by Barbara Loden
Consciously or unconsciously, most American movies pre: 1970 promote the status quo success story. People living below middle-class status were often patronized; in many socially-conscious movies they were either problem cases or overly sentimentalized,