Lina Wertmuller: the Director in the White Glasses

As part of HOME’s on-going celebration of women’s contribution to global cinema we present a small retrospective of work by the provocative and controversial Italian director Lina Wertmüller, who who began as an assistant to Fellini  and went on to be the first women to be nominated for the best director Oscar for her work on Seven Beauties (1975). Unafraid of confrontation, Wertmüller was a mainstay of European cinema during one of its most overtly political decades when she was able to make a series of films that utilised a fantastical and excessive visual style that marked her work as highly distinctive in its views, beautifully constructed and, in its challenging of ideas of ‘good taste’, so, so 1970s.

Previously in this season

The Seduction of Mimi

Giancarlo Giannini, gives a wonderfully comic performance as a Sicilian laborer whose refusal to vote for the Mafia’s candidate leads him to lose his job,…

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Behind the White Glasses

The enormous significance and critical acclaim that was awarded Lina Wertmüller’s work in the 1970s is often forgotten today. This documentary by Valerio Ruizan, an…

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Seven Beauties

Wertmüller explores a range of political and personal questions through the story of a man who does anything to survive in Italy during World War…

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Love and Anarchy

The tale of a man who sets out to assassinate Benito Mussolini in pre-war Italy.

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