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Didactic Movie Club - Lina Wertmüller. Behind the White Glasses



Didactic Movie Club - Lina Wertmüller. Behind the White Glasses

The Academy decided to award the Italian director Lina Wertmüller with the Academy's career Oscar because "she has distinguished herself in an extraordinary way throughout her career, and for her outstanding contribution to cinema".

Lina Wertmüller was a pioneer of women's awards, the first woman in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, in 1972, with "The Seduction of Mimì" and first woman nominated for an Oscar, in 1977, with "Pasqualino Seven Beauties". 

"You have to know that if I take a shot, I leave like a full diner": with her unmistakable irony and simplicity, Lina Wertmüller describes in a few words an extraordinary 360-degree career. From his original role as assistant director of Federico Fellini to the great achievement of the very first Oscar nomination to a woman in 1977. The balance between a figure out of the ordinary and its genuineness make the Italian director unique in his genre and his films unmistakable reflection of this special harmony.



September 18th - The seduction of Mimi (1972)

November 6th - Love and anarchy (1973)

December 11th - Swept away (1974)


Lina Wertmuller is the pseudonym of Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spanol von Braueich. The future director and screenwriter was born in Rome on August 14, 1928. At the age of seventeen he enrolled at the Theater Academy directed by Pietro Sharoff, a Russian director who was a student of Stanislavskiy; later and for a few years, she is animator and director of Maria Signorelli's puppet shows. Later, he collaborated with famous theater directors, such as Salvini, De Lullo, Garinei and Giovannini. Lina Wertmuller then works for radio and television, both as an author and as a director: her is the director of the first edition of the famous broadcast "Canzonissima" and of the musical television series "Il giornalino di Gian Burrasca". Assistant director in "E Napoli canta" (1953, debut on the big screen by Virna Lisi), she is an assistant and actress employed by Federico Fellini in the films "La dolce vita" (1960) and "8 e mezzo" by two years more late (1962).His debut as a director took place in 1963 with "I basilischi", a bitter and grotesque narration of the life of some poor southern friends; for this film he receives the Silver Sail at the Locarno Festival.In 1965 he shoots "This time we talk about men" (with Nino Manfredi) who wins the Silver Mask; later he directs two musical comedies with the pseudonym George H. Brown: "Rita la mosanzara" and "Do not tease the mosquito", with Rita Pavone and newcomer Giancarlo Giannini. He also directs a western entitled "The story of Belle Stai", with Elsa Martinelli.Lina Wertmuller will make numerous films, characterized and imbued with a strong social grotesque, grotesque and overwhelming, films often characterized by overly long titles.In the second half of the Sixties he established an association with the actor Giancarlo Giannini, who will be present in several of his great successes, such as "The seduction of Mimi " (1972), a fresco of the Italian south and its myths through the story of a young Sicilian immigrant to Turin. Other titles to remember are "Love and anarchy', or 'This morning at 10 in Via dei Fiori in the famous house of tolerance" (1973), "Swept away" (1974) , "Pasqualino Settebellezze" (1975), "The end of the world in our usual bed in a rainy night" (1978) and "Made of blood between two men because of a widow ... political motives are suspected" ( 1978).For his "Pasqualino Settebellezze" in 1977 there are three Oscar nominations, including one for best director. Lina Wertmuller is the first woman to be a candidate for the Oscar for best director: after her there will be only Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola, respectively in 1994 and 2004.Thanks to the director, a new pair of Italian cinema will be brought to the attention of the public: Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato, a perfect combination to interpret our local stereotypes. Another feature of Wertmüller's films, which will continue until the last works, is the great refinement of the settings. In 1992 he directed "Io speriamo che me hollow" (with Paolo Villaggio); four years later, in 1996, he returned to political satire with "Metalworker and hairdresser in a whirlwind of sex and politics", with Tullio Solenghi and Veronica Pivetti. He has published several novels, including "Being or having, but to be I must have Alvise's head on a silver platter" and "I wanted an exhibitionist uncle". After the historical reconstruction "Ferdinando e Carolina" of 1999, Lina Wertmüller returns to shoot making the film for the TV show "Francesca e Nunziata" (2001, with Sophia Loren and Claudia Gerini) and the film "Stuffed peppers and fish in the face" ( 2004, again with Sophia Loren). His latest work is titled "Mannaggia alla miseria", a film for TV in 2008. Also in 2008, her husband Enrico Job, six years younger than her, lost her job as a set designer and costume designer on almost all her films. At the beginning of June 2019 it is announced she will be awarded with the Oscar for her career.





Data: DA on 18 sep 2019 a on 11 dec 2019

Tid: Från 18:00 till 19:30

Arrangeras av : IIC

I samarbete med : Folkuniversitet

Inträde : gratis


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