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Lina Wertmüller

“I am passionate about liberty. I'm by nature an anarchist, an individualist.”

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    THE BASILISKS

    Lina Wertmüller Italy, 1963

    A socialist trailblazer, Lina Wertmüller began her career as assistant to Fellini, whose influence permeates her neorealist debut. Scored by Ennio Morricone and shot by the DP of , this mesmerizing drama delves into the trials of small-town Italian life. Bask in the glory of this new restoration.

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    LOVE AND ANARCHY

    Lina Wertmüller Italy, 1973

    A former Fellini disciple, an infamous hellraiser, and the first woman to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar, Lina Wertmüller is a marvel. This sharp satire on fascism—in resplendently muted colors and lush period details—is an assassination thriller that shifts into wild, delicious burlesque.

    SEVEN BEAUTIES

    Lina Wertmüller Italy, 1975

    Here is the seminal film that made Lina Wertmüller the first woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. Genuinely shocking in mood and subject matter, Seven Beauties is an extravagant and revelatory film about the many ways in which the petty bourgeoisie can disgrace themselves.

    SWEPT AWAY

    Lina Wertmüller Italy, 1974

    Infamously remade by Madonna and then-husband Guy Richie, Swept Away is a tenacious fiction of sex and politics. Legitimately hilarious and unapologetically abrasive in its mystifying viewpoints on class warfare and misogyny, this is Lina Wertmüller’s most appealing and entertaining film.

    THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI

    Lina Wertmüller Italy, 1972

    Has any national cinema satirized its homeland better than Italy? The Seduction of Mimi brought Lina Wertmüller international fame, winning her Best Director at Cannes. This ferociously raucous, unrestrained sex comedy ties political corruption, culture, and libido together and sends them spinning.

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