One hardly hears anything anymore about Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller, who once started as Federico Fellini’s assistant on the set of 8 1/2, except that there has been her birthday the other day. But she might be worth to be recalled for some of her extra ordinary films or as the Harvard Film Archive put it in their June series ‘The Disorder of Things’ : .. Wertmüller remains a well-known name, her remarkable films are strangely overlooked and only selectively revisited. And yet, the incredible energy and daring of her most popular works is equally present in lesser-known masterpieces such as All Screwed Up and The Seduction of Mimi, films that are both extremely topical and yet still totally relevant today.
|Seven Beauties aka Pasqualino Seven-Beauties
Directed by Lina Wertmüller, Appearing in Person
read a review on p-pcc.blogspot.com
|Wertmüller’s grotesque masterpiece takes the Chaplinesque tendency in her work – the melding of the comic and tragic – to its furthest and most dangerous extreme. Giancarlo Giannini is unforgettable as the wily Sicilian anti-hero who manages to awaken our deepest sympathies, suspicions and eventually horror as he tries to charm his way out of a series of scandalous situations, culminating notoriously in a Nazi concentration camp. An international smash hit, Seven Beauties offers a bracing and unexpected reply to Adorno’s questioning of the status of post-Auschwitz art and an important corrective to Life is Beautiful, Roberto Benigni’s ridiculously overrated and Oscar-nominated sugarcoating of the Holocaust.|