The Distaff Side

Wanda (1970)

The Distaff Side: Women Directors of the 70s. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

With her first and only feature film, Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape and shot in an intimate verite 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...
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Mikey and Nicky (1976)

The Distaff Side: Women Directors of the 70s. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nickey (John Cassavetes) is a small-time Jewish gangster in trouble with the mob. He calls on his lifelong friend Mikey (Peter Falk) for help. During the night the two spend together, the power of their friendship is undermined by their mutual nastiness and pressing financial concerns. Directed by Elaine May.

"[May's] genius for finding the squirmy humanity within toxic characters...
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