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Supplément à la vie de Barbara Loden (edition 2012)

by Nathalie Léger

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Title:Supplément à la vie de Barbara Loden
Authors:Nathalie Léger
Info:P.O.L (2012), Broché, 160 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:roman, français, film, wanda, barbara loden

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Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Leger



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I knew nothing of Barbara Loden or her film Wanda before buying this book. I bought it because I buy and love everything Dorothy, a publishing project, publishes. My local library happened to have a copy of Wanda. I watched it, then read this book.

Wanda is a fascinating film, and Suite for Barbara Loden is a brilliant exploration of it. Léger's book is part critical analysis, part biography, part memoir, fluidly shifting between modes. Léger walks the reader through the film, patiently describing the scenes, and alternating these descriptions with the story of her commission to write a short encyclopedia entry on Loden and her film. Léger throws herself into a research program more suited to a complete biography, even traveling to sites where Wanda was shot. She is frustrated by obstacles along the way, such as not being able to gain access to Loden's papers, but these obstacles lead to insight.

Some of the most compelling parts of the book have to do with the relationship between Loden, actress, writer, and director, and the character of Wanda, the identity between them despite their differences, how as women they both negotiate a kind of disappearing act under the pressure to be the object of men's desires. Is Wanda ever free of this nothingness? Does making Wanda liberate Loden from this pressure? The answers aren't simple or definite. Along the way, Léger brings her own experiences and those of her mother to bear on these questions, making this book one of the most gripping explorations of art and identity, of fiction, biography, and autobiography, I have ever read. I will certainly be reading it again and perhaps teaching it in the near future. ( )
  wyattbonikowski | May 29, 2017 |
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