Suite for Barbara Loden

Suite for Barbara Loden

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"I believe there is a miracle in Wanda ," wrote Marguerite Duras of the only film American actress Barbara Loden ever wrote and directed. "Usually, there is a distance between representation and text, subject and action. Here that distance is completely eradicated." It is perhaps this "miracle"-the seeming collapse of fiction and fact-that has made Wanda (1970) a cult classic, and a fascination of artists from Isabelle Huppert to Rachel Kushner to Kate Zambreno. For acclaimed French writer Nathalie Léger, the mysteries of Wanda launched an obsessive quest across continents, into archives, and through mining towns of Pennsylvania, all to get closer to the film and its maker. Suite for Barbara Loden is the magnificent result.Moving contrapuntally between biography and autofiction, film criticism and anecdote, fact and speculation, Suite for Barbara Loden is a stunning meditation on knowledge and self-knowledge, on the surfaces of life and art, and how we come to truth-a kind of truth-not through facts alone but through acts of the imagination."
Publisher: [St. Louis, MO] : Dorothy, a publishing project, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780997366600
Branch Call Number: FIC LEGER 2016
Characteristics: 123 pages ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Menon, Cécile
Lehrer, Natasha


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Oct 13, 2016

intriguing, at first (I don't read back of or even descriptions sometimes and didn't understand what this was before beginning) I didn't really understand what the 'fiction' was about, I knew the movie, I knew the actress/director- therefore the supposed topic but what is going on and why? Then relaxing into the book/words/descriptions I was enjoying may help to know the subjects; Duras, Loden, movies, but maybe not.


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