SUITE FOR BARBARA LODEN (2016)
by Nathalie Léger
For acclaimed French writer Nathalie Léger, the mysteries of Wandalaunched 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.
Dorothy Project. 2016. Translated from the French by Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon.