<i>Wanda</i>. 1970. USA. Directed by Barbara Loden
  • Wanda

    1970. USA. Barbara Loden. 102 min.

Introduced by Coppola, Horak, and Bodde; Q&A with Lipman and Proferes

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Wanda

    1970. USA. Written and directed by Barbara Loden. With Loden, Michael Higgins. On October 27, The Film Foundation supporter Sofia Coppola, together with fellow filmmaker Tamara Jenkins, will present Wanda, restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation. A new 35mm blow-up from newly discovered 16mm camera rolls offers a sharper and truer rendition of the original color reversal film stock, deepening our appreciation of the film's subtle textures. Loden, who appeared in Splendor in the Grass and Wild River (and later married director Elia Kazan), wrote, directed, and starred in this, her only feature, before succumbing to cancer in 1980 at the age of 48. Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum cites Wanda as one of the one hundred greatest American films ever made. Loden's portrait of a woman from Pennsylvania coal mining country who abandons her husband and child and takes up with a mean-spirited drifter—an increasingly desperate flight across an American landscape of desolate highways and seedy motels—has an intense immediacy and a textured realism that owes much to Nicholas Proferes' handheld camerawork and his almost jazz-like editing, as well as Loden's own unflinchingly stoic, heartbreaking performance. Coppola will be joined by Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive; and Margaret Bodde, executive director of The Film Foundation; the screening is followed by a Q+A with Ross Lipman, UCLA senior film preservationist; and Nicholas Proferes, the film’s cinematographer and editor. 102 min.