Cinema: Unfocused Wandering

Made on a microscopic budget by Actress Barbara Loden, who also appears in the title role, Wanda is precisely the kind of independent, deeply personal project that American film making badly needs. Wanda is at moments telling and moving, but unhappily it is unsuccessful overall. It lacks a point of dramatic focus and a forcefulness that would have made it into a memorable character study in cameo.

The fault seems to be primarily one of conception. Wanda, in Miss Loden's characterization, is a little like Fellini's Cabiria. She is used, victimized and deserted by men in a series of bitter, occasionally funny...

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