Episode 33: Barbara Loden's 'Wanda' (1970)


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Released in 1970, Barbara Loden's "Wanda" is a monumental achievement of American independent cinema. It tells the story of a woman living on the margins of society, rejected by almost everyone, a failure in just about everything she does. Loden was inspired to make the film after reading about a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison and thanked the judge. "Wanda" was Loden's first and only film. For me, "Wanda" is personal. It is about the many lost, forgotten, erased, and silenced women in the world, including myself. Biographical information about Barbara Loden was gleaned from Karina Longworth's excellent episode on Loden for her podcast, You Must Remember This: http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/2017/4/17/barbara-loden-dead-blondes-episode-12 Quotes from Marguerite Duras are taken from her interview with Elia Kazan for Cahiers du Cinema in 1980: http://www.ocec.eu/cinemacomparativecinema/index.php/en/33-n-8-english/446-conversation-on-wanda-by-barbara-loden "Suite For Barbara Loden" by Nathalie Léger can be purchased here: http://dorothyproject.com/?book=suite-for-barbara-loden The essay I read at the end of the podcast was written by me for Burning House Press. You can read it here: https://burninghousepress.com/2016/11/28/on-nathalie-legers-suite-for-barbara-loden/ Listen on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. Please consider making this podcast sustainable by supporting it on Patreon. For as low as $1 per month, you can unlock exclusive patron-only content: https://www.patreon.com/herheadinfilms Keep the conversation going on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/herheadinfilms/ Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/ekphora Follow me on Tumblr http://ekphora.tumblr.com/

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