Director: Barbara Loden
Country: USA

1970 | 103 min. | English
Subtitles: German
FSK | Nicht geprüft / No clearance (18+)

Cast_ Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins Screenplay_ Barbara Loden Camera_ Nicholas T. Proferes Producer_ Harry Shuster Rights_ Televentures Films

A milestone of US cinema as well as a key work of feminist filmmaking.

Barbara Loden’s directorial debut and only feature as a director was neglected and ignored for decades. Today, however, it is considered one of the most important films of the 1970s. Wanda, played by Loden, leaves her husband and loses custody of her children. Alone, she wanders through poverty-stricken Pennsylvania. Time and again she gets involved with men who only take advantage of her, one of whom eventually involves her in a bank robbery. Trained at the legendary Actors Studio, which was committed to Method acting, Loden was one of the defining actresses of the 1960s and ’70s. ›Wanda‹ is the jewel in her legacy.


Barbara Loden (1932-1980) was an actress and director. In addition to roles in theater and television, she primarily acted in the films of her husband Elia Kazan. As a director, besides ›Wanda‹, she was able to make only two short films. She died of cancer at the age of only 48.


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