DIRECTOR: BARBARA LODEN
CAST: BARBARA LODEN, MICHAEL HIGGINS, DOROTHY SHUPENES, PETER SHUPENES
Groundbreaking American female filmmaker Loden’s lone feature was a vanguard work, a totally uncompromised writer-director-star turn in which she embodies a listless young mother in Pennsylvania coal country who drifts away from her domestic prison and shacks up with perhaps the least glamorous outlaw in cinema history, Michael Higgins’s cantankerous “Mr. Dennis.” A deeply personal work by Loden, herself a child of poor Appalachia, an extraordinary clear-eyed expression of dead-end despondency, a life-marred document of a scuffed, sad, left-behind working-class world—and without question one of the greatest American films of the 1970s.
Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and GUCCI. A Janus Films release.