Lina Wertmüller

  • Lina Wertmüller – In una notte di chiaro di luna AKA Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, as Long as It’s Love (1989)

    Lina Wertmüller1981-1990DramaItaly
    In una notte di chiaro di luna (1989)
    In una notte di chiaro di luna (1989)

    Synopsis
    An American journalist works for a French newspaper. He is writing an article about the reaction against people with AIDS, without knowing he is infected too. Once he finds out, he decides to cut off himself leaving his wife and daughter.Read More »

  • Lina Wertmüller – Notte d’estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico AKA Summer Night with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil (1986)

    Lina Wertmüller1981-1990ComedyDramaItaly
    Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico (1986)
    Notte d’estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico (1986)

    Summer Night is Lina Wertmu ller s outrageous, and outrageously funny, response to her own Swept Away, updated with the politics and conspicuous consumption of the 1980s. Mariangela Melato (Swept Away) stars as Signora Bolk, a self-made tycoon interested in ecological preservation. She is fed up with the terrorists who poach Italy s rich beauty, and as part of a crazy retaliation scheme she hires a former CIA agent to abduct the number one violator, Giuseppe Beppe Catania (Michele Placido). Catania is taken to her villa on a private island where he insists that as a man, he cannot go without sex. She relents and hires two prostitutes to pleasure him. Blindfolded and chained, Beppe realizes that the third woman is none other than the woman who kidnapped him and agrees to pay the $100 million but only with a twist.Read More »

  • Lina Wertmüller – Io speriamo che me la cavo AKA Ciao, Professore! (1992)

    Lina Wertmüller1991-2000ComedyItaly

    Marco Sperelli is a teacher, he is divorced and he is sent to work in Corzano, a town near Naples. The first day of work he finds in the school only the school-caretaker and few girls and boys in the class-room. He goes out looking for them and he discovers then a wretched life led by the boys and the girls of Corzano. A life in which only power and violence are worth respecting. Sperelli tries to teach something different but he gets their respect only by slapping Raffaele, on the way to became a camorrist. His presence and his work, however, disturb too many persons and he will be transferred.Read More »

  • Lina Wertmüller – Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti AKA Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime) (1985)

    1981-1990CrimeDramaItalyLina Wertmüller

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    The vicious drug-related killings of young pre-teen boys are the fuel that moves this mystery-actioner into high gear.
    After Annunziata (Angela Molina) opens up a hostel with her friend Antonio (Daniel Ezralow), she is saved from being raped by a Camorra boss because the gangster gets suddenly killed. The killer escapes before Annunziata is able to see who it was. Following this murder are several others, and always with the same “signature” — a syringe in one of the testicles of the victims. Everyone suspects a drug war is on because the slain men are cocaine-heroin pushers. In a subplot, Annunziata’s young son is forced to run drugs (underage children cannot be prosecuted), making him the next candidate for murder. As the drug dealers continue to be killed off, the identity of the killer – or killers – slowly becomes obvious.Read More »

  • Lina Wertmüller – Sabato, domenica e lunedì AKA Saturday, Sunday and Monday (1990)

    Lina Wertmüller1981-1990ComedyItaly

    Synopsis
    Il professor Ianniello sostiene che il bradisismo che da secoli interessa la zona di Pozzuoli è prodotto dalla grande madre, la terra. Ma le grandi madri si trovano anche fra la gente comune e fra queste vi è Rosa Priore, famosa per la sua cucina ed in particolare per il suo ragù. E tra sabato, domenica e lunedì, iniziando con un pranzo a cui partecipano altre a Rosa, il marito Peppino, i tre figli e i coniugi Iannello si sfiora la tragedia causata da Don Peppino che da tre mesi, visti i cambiamenti nei suoi confronti da parte della moglie, sospetta una sua tresca con il professor Iannello. Ma perchè mai Rosa avrà cambiato atteggiamento nei confronti del marito? Written by Baldinotto da PistoiaRead More »

  • Lina Wertmüller – Tutto a posto e niente in ordine AKA All Screwed Up (1974)

    1971-1980ComedyDramaItalyLina Wertmüller

    A group of immigrants from the south of Italy live collectively in the Milano’s suburbia in the 1974. Not only they share the house, but also hopes and troubles that in those years where part of the Italian society. Loves and fights among them are the mirror of the difficult environment in which the poor south Italians found themselves in the 70s in the industrial cities of north Italy.Read More »

  • Lina Wertmüller – I Basilischi AKA The Lizards (1963)

    1961-1970DramaItalyLina WertmüllerPolitics
    I basilischi (1963)

    Plot
    Three young men in a small town in Southern Italy lead directionless lives wandering around town, telling lies and boasting about their alleged romantic conquests. When one goes off to Rome with his Aunt, he returns with fabulous stories about the nightlife, the women and the modern advancements of the big city. He vows he will return, but soon is back to his familiar pattern of hanging out with his idle friends in pursuit of a good life they may never see. The film was written and directed by Lina Wertmuller, who vividly captures the mood of the sleepy town where the three young men seemed destined to spend their uneventful lives. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie GuideRead More »

  • Lina Wertmüller – Mimì metallurgico ferito nell’onore AKA The Seduction of Mimi (1972)

    1971-1980ComedyCommedia all'ItalianaDramaItalyLina Wertmüller

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    Mimi is a Sicilian dockworker who loses his job when he votes against the Mafia candidate in what he thinks is a secret ballot. He leaves his wife behind and goes to Turin, where he meets and moves in with Fiore, a street vendor and Communist organizer. They have a child, he works non-union jobs, and again he comes to the Mafia’s attention. This time they’re impressed, promoting him to a supervisor’s job back in Sicily. He must keep Fiore and the child a secret, which is fine with Fiore, as long as he never makes love to his wife. He doesn’t, and when she becomes pregnant, he knows he’s a cuckold. His personal revenge and the Mafia’s tentacles then intertwine in tragicomic ways. (IMDb)Read More »

  • Lina Wertmüller – Pasqualino Settebellezze aka Seven Beauties (1975)

    Drama1971-1980ComedyItalyLina Wertmüller

    Lina Wertmüller’s harrowing 1976 film stars Giancarlo Giannini as a petty crook with seven unattractive sisters to support, and it features a picaresque, World War II-era journey through a prison asylum, army service, and a Nazi concentration camp. Wertmüller is more indulgent in highbrow sadomasochism than she is real profundity, but there’s no denying that the film is powerful in its story of subjugation and survival. A climactic scene in which Giannini saves his skin at the camp by seducing its disgusting female commandant is unnervingly honest. Giannini became a ’70s international icon partially on the basis of this work.Read More »

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