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Courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Barbara Loden



102 minutes


Please arrive early for best parking opportunities.

Cited by Jonathan Rosenbaum as one of the 100 greatest American films ever made, Barbara Loden’s neorealist gem centers on her brilliant performance as a rural Pennsylvanian housewife embarked upon a flight to nowhere, traveling through an American landscape of decrepit factories, two-lane wastelands, and ratty motels. Dragged into a relationship with a small-time crook (Michael Higgins), Loden’s Wanda seems to possess a view of desperation filtered through a tinted windshield. Her creative partner in the production was cinematographer/editor Nick Proferes, who emerged from the then-vital tradition of cinema verité. Loden’s and Higgins’s brilliant acting performances are held in perfect balance by both the nonactors who surround them and Proferes’s photography of small-town Pennsylvania.

Preservation Funded by The Film Foundation and GUCCI.