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Wanda (1971) & Shadows (1961)

December 6, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: 50th Anniversary Celebration.”

Wanda (1971)
Directed by Barbara Loden

Filmmaker Barbara Loden’s neo-realist gem depicts a rural Pennsylvania housewife’s lost flight to nowhere. Dragged seemingly by the wind into a relationship with a small-time crook, Wanda floats through her own life as if a witness to it; a view of desperation filtered through a tinted windshield. One of the most authentic visions of Middle America ever committed to screen.

Production: Foundation for Filmmakers. Producer: Barbara Loden. Director: Barbara Loden. Screenwriter: Barbara Loden. Cinematographer: Nicholas T. Proferes. Editor: Nicholas T. Proferes. With: Michael Higgins, Barbara Loden, Frank Jourdano, Valerie Manches, Dorothy Shupenes.

35mm, color, 105 min.

Followed by:
Shadows (1961)
Directed by John Cassavetes

Even in his first feature, director John Cassavetes was keying in on character study and episodic structure. Ben and Lelia are brother and sister, light-skinned African Americans who pass for white in the demimonde of ’50s New York. Dark-skinned Hugh is their protective older brother. As the siblings wander the city, their desires and anxieties come to the fore, coalescing into an ineffable poetics of being.

Production: Maurice McEndree. Distribution: Lion International. Producer: Maurice McEndree. Director: John Cassavetes. Cinematographer: Erich Kollmar. Editor: Maurice McEndree. With: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd, Anthony Ray, Dennis Salas.

35mm, b/w, 88 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


December 6, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:15 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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