Review: ‘Wanda’

Wanda is a wanderer, a loser somewhere in a heavily industrialized part of the US. Barbara Loden shows a calm, dispassionate feel for direction and an insight into the psyche of an inarticulate, ill-educated but non-despairing woman as the protagonist of this probing pic about a cultural wasteland alongside affluence.

Wanda is a wanderer, a loser somewhere in a heavily industrialized part of the US. Barbara Loden shows a calm, dispassionate feel for direction and an insight into the psyche of an inarticulate, ill-educated but non-despairing woman as the protagonist of this probing pic about a cultural wasteland alongside affluence.

Loden dramatizes an off-treated social theme about people drifting into crime and prostitution and does not force blame on anyone but denotes the growing conflicts between puritanism and promiscuity, poverty within plenty and ignorance alongside the more educated that grows in observation, insight and impact as it goes along.

Loden has the vulnerability, negation and yet inner resiliency that keeps her character from being a drudge.

Wanda

Production

Foundation for Filmakers. Director Barbara Loden; Producer Harry Shuster; Screenplay Barbara Loden; Camera Nicholas T. Proferes; Editor Nicholas T. Proferes

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Barbara Loden Michael Higgins
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