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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

September 18, 2017


Film still: Wanda
Critics' Prize
Venice Film
Fest, 1970
"A first film but a masterpiece... a confidential treasure"
  —New Yorker
"Wanda is the singular vision of an artist who hailed from surroundings as bleak and limited as her title character's"
  —Village Voice

Barbara Loden's film, Wanda, is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the New American Cinema. Inspired by cinéma vérité, French new wave and American avant-garde, this road movie was simply forgotten in the United States right after its production, although it had been awarded the Critics' Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1970.

Set in coal-mining Pennsylvania, Wanda is the story of a working-class woman who abandons her husband and young children for a life on the road. Unable to maintain a job, her situation becomes increasingly precarious, fueled by alcoholism and depression, at the mercy of whatever or whomever she encounters. Wanda refuses to be a mother and a wife, giving up those roles because she cannot fulfill them the way others want her to. Her world changes again when she walks in on a man attempting to rob a bar and ends up on the road as his partner in crime, a ride that leads them both toward the unexpected.

Barbara Loden's neo-realist gem centers on her brilliant performance as a rural Pennsylvanian housewife embarked upon a flight to nowhere through a middle-American wasteland. Tragically, her follow up on her impressive directorial debut was cruelly denied when she died 10 years later at the age of 48, at precisely the time her remarkable film was finally gaining long overdue recognition.

"Once a woman gains her freedom," demanded a New York journalist in her review of Wanda, "Where do you go after you reject the only life society permits? And once a woman gains her freedom, what can she do with it? The answer: nowhere and nothing."

Directed by Barbara Loden, U.S.A., 1970, 102 mins.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, September 18 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

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