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Wanda [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Barbara Loden , Michael Higgins , Barbara Loden    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes, Jerome Thier
  • Directors: Barbara Loden
  • Writers: Barbara Loden
  • Producers: Harry Shuster
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Parlour Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000G1QU70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,916 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality bites back. 13 Feb 2009
This film is a battle, it will resist you at every turn, there are no pointers to guide you, to show you the way forward, no signposts telling you how you should feel about these characters as they blindly negotiate their way. No close up's of stars mugging their way through emotional revelations, no strings or tinkling piano solos to guide one home. If you do take the journey you will find yourself in uncharted territory and possibly marked forever by this rare piece of art. Chuck out the Star Wars box sets and invest in a film that is truly from another place, a place far away you may think you don't want to visit. A place called reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Wanda -- At Last! 9 Aug 2006
By Randy Buck - Published on
This film's been practially impossible to see for most of its existence -- released for a brief original run in one New York theatre, then, despite many superlative reviews, allowed to sink into obscurity. Its current DVD incarnation is cause for celebration. WANDA's writer-director-star, Barbara Loden, was an extremely interesting woman, primarily remembered for her small, vibrant role as Beatty's troubled sister in SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, and her marriage to that film's director, Elia Kazan. (Loden also won a Tony as the Monroe figure in Kazan's Lincoln Center production of Miller's AFTER THE FALL.) She spent years trying to get financing for WANDA, and apparently was angered and embittered by its failure to lead to other directing projects. Her early death from cancer deprived us of a remarkable talent, as this film proves. WANDA's long been championed by such French artists as Marguerite Duras and Isabelle Huppert; understandable, since the picture bears more than a passing resemblance to the French New Wave. Inspired by a newspaper story Loden had read, the film's primarily a character study, not plot-driven. Loden draws fine work from the other actors (including many non-professionals), and gives a haunting, memorable portrayal in the title role. With great economy of means (literal and figurative), she gives a performance you won't soon forget. Fans of independent cinema should grab this one quickly.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly surprising and enthalling.... 13 Jan 2008
By Grigory's Girl - Published on
I can't remember when I heard about this film, but once I did, it went into the queue at Netflix. It's really a quietly amazing piece of filmmaking. It has almost a Bressonian vibe to it. The film was shot exclusively in and around Scranton, PA, which really gives it a unique look.

Technically, it could have better. The sound is muffled at times, and the shaky camerawork is distracting at times. But there are several astounding scenes, like the opening sequence, where Wanda (played by writer/director Barbara Loden) is wandering through a coal quarry for several minutes. There is a scene shot in a catacomb museum that is really striking. A bank robbery scene has a surreal, strange vibe to it, reminiscent of Bresson's L'argent bank heist. The ending is also quite stunning. Even the rather standard plot line of "lovers on the run" (Wanda hooks up with a bank robber for the last hour of the film) is enhanced by the style and substance of the film. It's slow, almost European like in its pacing, which works wonderfully. The only American film that it reminds me of is Monte Hellman's Two Lane Blacktop, in that it's an American film with a distinctively European vibe. I was really surprised by this amazingly quiet, almost transcendent film. It's a shame that Barbara Loden died shortly after making this (she died of cancer at 48), as this is her only film as writer/director. But if you get a chance, you should see this one soon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unsung Masterwork of "cinema verite" 31 Dec 2008
By Ronald Chase Sf Film - Published on
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Very few people took notice of Wanda on it's release--the critics found it depressing and "undramatic", its visual style amateurish, its plot hardly formed. What a difference a few decades can make. Now the film stands very tall with the best of the "cimema verite" style--it's tone echoes both the Dardenne Brothers films and the harsh world of Gaspar Noe, as well as the best of independent film making. It is a film very ahead of its time--prophetic in so many ways. The heroine is an utter failure with little future-but this film, with its muted colors, marvelous sense of place, and steady devotion to harsh truths makes it one of the strongest works of art to emerge from the 60's. It's a revelation for anyone devoted to great cinema.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanda 6 July 2007
By John Farr - Published on
Best known for her role in "Splendor in the Grass," directed by husband Elia Kazan, Loden was a ravishing beauty who transformed herself into a wayward housewife-in-curlers for this absorbing, ultra-realistic character study. Part of a short-lived trend of hard-hitting women's films in the early '70s, "Wanda" remains compelling for Loden's uncomfortably downcast performance, the gritty 16mm look of its rundown locales, and Higgins's marvelously inscrutable turn as a fledgling bank robber. Sadly, this was Loden's only directorial effort. Despite its low-budget aesthetic, "Wanda" shows a depth of emotion and low-key anger few films can match.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Loden's Wanda 13 Sep 2009
By warparty - Published on
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I stumbled upon "Wanda" on public TV late night in the early 70's, what had to have been not too long after its release. The genius of "Wanda" is making the viewer a voyeur, as Wanda drifts through situation after situation, always under the influence others. When "The End" comes across the screen, it doesn't take much to foresee Wanda's future. This may not seem much of a "plot." It isn't. However, the starring director and her cast give "Wanda" unrelenting realism that is visceral.
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