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Friday, June 3

Directed by Barbara Loden

(1971) Coal country wife Barbara Loden gets divorced in curlers, then blunders into partnership with petty crook Michael Higgins. But then a bank job goes sour. Multi-awarded no-budgeter from Tony Award-winner Loden. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and GUCCI. Approx. 102 mins.


“A HARROWING, EPIPHANIC MASTERWORK! Loden’s indelible depiction of Wanda’s degradation, resistance, and resignation blends intense psychological realism with a spontaneous, quasi-musical mastery of form. Her rough-grained images, with their attention to place, light, and detail, have an intimate, sculptural texture; they seem to bring matter to life and to glow with the characters’ inner radiance.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Inspired by cinema verite’ and the rough-hewn aesthetic of Warhol films. A road movie that culminates in a dead end.”
– Melissa Anderson

Film Forum