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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 characterseldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape,and shot in an intensely intimate ve'rite' 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 criminalscheme. A rarely seen masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted anoutsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is acompassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society's margins.


  • Barbara Loden
  • Michael Higgins
  • Dorothy Shupenes
  • Peter Shupenes
  • Jerome Thier
  • Marian Thier
  • Anthony Rotell
  • M.L. Kennedy
  • Gerald Grippo
  • Milton Gittleman

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  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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