The Basilisks (1963) After the experience as assistant director of Federico Fellini for the film 8½, Lina wermuller makes her debut as a director with this film, of which she also takes care of the subject and the screenplay. Set in Minervino Murge, a town located on the Apulian Murgia, on the border with Basilicata, the work tells the life of three young people from Southern Italy. The cast includes a young and then unknown Stefano Satta, in the role of Francesco. Lina Wertmüller also lends her voice to numerous supporting characters
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This time we talk about men (1965) Nino Manfredi (awarded with Il Nastro D’Argento) is the protagonist of this film consisting of 4 episodes. A Man of Honor “,” The Knife Thrower “,” A Superior Man “and” A Good Man “. The title refers to that of the film If you allow, let’s talk about women, directed the previous year by Ettore Scola
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Rita the mosquito (1966) The film is a music set with protagonist Rita Pavone directed by Lina Wertmüller (signed however with the pseudonym G. Brown). The original soundtrack was released on vinyl with all the songs from the film. In the cast Peppino De Filippo and Giancarlo Giannini, here at his first film with the director
Don’t tease the mosquito (1967) Sequel to Rita the mosquito 1966. This time Lina Wertmüller signs herself with her real name. In the cast, in addition of course to Rita Pavone, Giancarlo Giannini and Peppino De FIlippo, there is also Giulietta Masina
My body for a poker (1968), co-directed by Piero Cristofani On the run from an arranged marriage, Myra Belle Shelley, changes her name to Belle Starr, engages in the theft of horses and diamonds with her old friend Cole Harvey. This time Lina Wertmüller signs herself with the pseudonym Nathan Wich
Metallurgical Mimì wounded in honor (1972) Presented in competition at the 25th Cannes Film Festival, it is the first film of the couple formed by Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato (both awarded with the David di Donatello). Between North and South, between passions and betrayals, a political film that illustrates the “parable of false progress”
Film of love and anarchy – Or “This morning at 10 in via dei Fiori in the well-known brothel …” (1973) Presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Giancarlo Giannini was awarded the prize for the best male interpretation. Set in 1932, it is the story of a Lombard peasant who travels to Rome to assassinate Mussolini. In the capital, the man comes into contact with Salome (Mariangela Melato), a prostitute who loves an anarchist, who hosts him in the closed house. But this meeting will change the plans of the aspiring bomber
Everything in place and nothing in order (1974) A group of southern immigrants is forced to live together in a railing house in Milan, sharing the costs. Gino, after several efforts to find an honest job, turns to the underworld. Carletto becomes a cook, Biky and Adelina work as waitresses, Isotta ends up on a sidewalk instead. Sante, a Sicilian, soon becomes the father of seven children and ends up in prison, implicated in a criminal attempt to which he is also unrelated
Overwhelmed by an unusual fate in the blue August sea (1974) The most famous film by Lina Wertmüller and which made the characters played by Mariangela Melato and Giancarlo Giannini iconic. So much so that in 2002 a remake was made in the United States Overwhelmed by fate (Swept Away) directed by director Guy Ritchie starring Madonna and Adriano Giannini
Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975) The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay; Wertmüller was the first woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. It is the story of a Neapolitan guappo (Giancarlo Giannini), the only male in a family of seven women, who, from the honor killing to the Russian campaign, up to the Nazi concentration camps, always manages to get by thanks to his nature.
The End of the World in our usual bed on a rainy night (1978) 1968: Paolo (Giancarlo Giannini), a journalist with communist sympathies, falls madly in love with an American feminist (Candice Bergen), follows her to San Francisco and finally decides to marry her, and he will have a daughter, Alex. After ten years, the two live in Rome, are in crisis and, in a stormy night, they blame each other for the mutual disappointment of desires and ideals; perhaps something is reborn from this dialogue
Made of blood between two men for the sake of a widow. Political motives are suspected (1978) Lina Wertmüller directs Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and Giancarlo Giannini in this grotesque drama of jealousy. The long version of the title (A fact of blood in the town of Siculiana between two men because of a widow. Political motives are suspected. Love-Death-Shimmy. Lugano beautiful. Tarantelle. Tarallucci and wine) boasts the record in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest title of a film in the history of cinema.
Twist of fate lurking around the corner like a street brigand (1983) The Minister of the Interior is stuck inside his armored car which can neither be forced nor opened from the outside. The vain attempts to open the car intersect with the events of the members of the family of DC deputy Vincenzo De Andreiis (Ugo Tognazzi) who had the idea of hosting the armored vehicle in his garage hoping to make a good impression on the Minister
Under … under … scrambled by anomalous passion (1984) Rome: the carpenter Oscar (Enrico Montesano) is shocked by the confidence of his wife Ester (Veronica Lario) who confesses that he thinks of another person. Believing that he has identified his rival in Amilcare, a hairdresser from Cinecittà, he chases him through the studios of the capital, with warlike intentions. Later, Oscar realizes that his wife has a sapphic passion for her friend Adele (Luisa De Santis).
A complicated intrigue of women, alleys and crimes (1985) A former prostitute who runs an equivocal boarding house in a low part of Naples is injured in an ambush in which a criminal dies. The woman has not seen anything, but when her son, a boy of just ten, is also involved in the circle of small dealers and drug users, the woman decides to discover the truth. An international cast, Angela Molina, Harvey Keitel, Paolo Bonacelli, for a thriller in pure Lina Wertmüller style
Summer night with a Greek profile, almond-shaped eyes and a smell of basil (1986) A wealthy Lombard manager (Mariangela Melato) kidnaps Beppe Catanìa (Michele Placido), a hairy Sicilian-Sardinian kidnapping specialist, and keeps him in chains awaiting the dizzying ransom of 100 billion. The enterprising lady ends up igniting with desire for the savage prisoner, watched over by a camera, and is reduced to spending a whole night of unbridled passion with him, chained and blindfolded.
On a moonlit night (1989) Rutger Hauer plays a reporter who poses as HIV-positive to study people’s reactions. By chance he discovers that a truly HIV-positive acquaintance has had intercourse (already infected) with a woman with whom he has subsequently also been. At the same time, the woman he is in love with thinks she is pregnant with him. Thus begins a frantic search for truth, between anger and despair
Saturday, Sunday and Monday (1990) 1990 television film directed by Lina Wertmüller, based on the comedy of the same name by Eduardo De Filippo. In the cast Sophia Loren and Luciano De Crescenzo
I hope I manage (1992) Lina Wertmüller directs Paolo Villaggio in the film based on the book of the same name by Marcello D’Orta
Plebeian nymph (1996) based on the novel of the same name by Domenico Rea, winner of the 1993 Strega Prize
Metalworker and hairdresser in a whirlwind of sex and politics (1996) Veronica Pivetti and Tullio Solenghi in a grotesque melò that fully reflects the style of Lina Wertmüller
Ferdinando and Carolina (1999) Set in the Royal Palace of Caserta, and in other places that refer to the splendor of the Bourbon courts of the eighteenth century, a colorful historical fresco with Gabriella Pession
Stuffed peppers and fish in the face (2004) Maria and Jeffrey have been married for many years but have reached an almost irreparable crisis point. In any case, Maria seeks reconciliation at least to celebrate Grandma Assunta’s birthday. It is the last film by Lina Wertmüller. In the cast F. Murray Abraham and Sophia Loren