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Images courtesy of the UCLA Television & Film Archive

Barbara Loden, 1970

The Forgotten Village

Preceded by Mexico in the Hearst Metrotone News Collection (1930s–40s) Herbert Kline, 1941
Thu, Feb 9, 2012 7 PM
This triple bill takes you to middle America in the 1970s and Mexico in the 1930s and 1940s.

One of the few American films directed by a woman to be theatrically released in the early 1970s, Barbara Loden’s Wanda is an authentic, verité-style vision of middle America. Loden, a former model and actress who appeared in a handful of husband Elia Kazan’s productions, was an unlikely candidate to direct what many consider one of the greatest American films ever made. (102 mins., 35mm)

Written by John Steinbeck and shot in Mexico with a nonprofessional cast, The Forgotten Village follows the oldest son of a large family who must bridge the gap between science and tradition when an illness strikes his village. (67 mins., 35mm) The Forgotten Village is preceded by a selection of Hearst Metrotone newsreels that cover the social and political situation in Mexico in the 1930s and 40s. (30 mins., 35mm)

Hearst Metrotone Newsreels begins at 8:50 PM.

All prints are courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Wanda: Preservation funded by The Film Foundation and Gucci.