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WIN! WANDA on Criterion Collection Blu-ray!

To celebrate the release of the Criterion Collection edition of WANDA we’ve got TWO Blu-ray copies to give away! 

For your chance to win, simply answer this question (entry details at the top of page):

What style of filmmaking does WANDA use to tell its immersive story?

A) surrealist
B) neorealist
C) vérité

SEND YOUR ENTRY TO COMPETITIONS@FILMJUICE.COM WITH THE ANSWER IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL. INCLUDE FULL CONTACT DETAILS. GOOD LUCK!

Competition Ends: 22nd May 2023

With her first and only film—a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in—BARBARA LODEN turned in a ground-breaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men—including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.
UNITED STATES | 1970 | 103 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.37:1 | ENGLISH

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

  • New 2K digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Film Foundation, and Gucci, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • I Am Wanda, an hour-long documentary by Katja Raganelli featuring an interview with director Barbara Loden filmed in 1980
  • Audio recording of Loden speaking to students at the American Film Institute in 1971
  • Segment from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett
  • Show featuring Loden
  • The Frontier Experience, a short educational film from 1975 about a pioneer woman’s struggle to survive, directed by and starring Loden
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Amy Taubin
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