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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.