FILM OF THE WEEK
Barbara Loden’s WANDA. This remarkable and singular film is the Criterion Channel’s film of the week, this week. I had heard about this hypnotic film yet I don’t think I would have actively sought it out. However, it’s part of this early access to the Criterion Channel that I signed up for.
One the biggest laments of post-fin de siècle cinema is that scarcity of experimental narratives; the kind of explosive and form-bending works that have been regulated to novels (prose and graphic), and that’s what makes WANDA a curiously intriguing performance. Shot of a hyper-low budget on reversal S16 (and thankfully restored by the UCLA film archives), you’re in for a thought-provoking ride.