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Seven Beauties: The Movies by Lina Wertmüller

Date:

03/28/2021


Seven Beauties: The Movies by Lina Wertmüller

The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with Cinema RITZ - Randwick and Cinema Reborn, with the participation of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, presents Seven Beauties, a retrospective of films directed by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller. The Oscar-nominated director's films take the absurdity of society and transform it into something witty, sometimes shocking and always political.

Irreverent, rule-breaking and impossible to define, Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller broke ground as the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Director in 1977. An unabashed feminist and non-conformist, her films take the absurdities of society and turn them on their heads – the results being sometimes witty, sometimes shocking, always political. The series celebrates her work with seven of her best films.

The programme includes:

28 March - I basilischi (The Lizards)
4 April - Mimì metallurgico ferito nell’onore (The Seduction of Mimi)
11 April - Film d’amore e d’anarchia (Love and Anarchy)
18 April - Tutto a posto, niente in ordine (All Screwed Up)
25 April - Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto (Swept Away)
2 May - Pasqualino settebellezze (Seven Beauties)
9 May - Io speriamo che me la cavo (Ciao, professore!)

wertmuller gianniniThe first movie presented, I basilischi (The Lizards) will be preceded by a greeting from Lina Wertmüller specifically recorded to introduce the retrospective.

The Lizards (1963) and Ciao, Professore! (1992) will be introduced by Professor Jane Mills of the School of the Arts & Media University of New South Wales. Jane is a writer, lecturer, editor, member of the Film Advisory panel for the Sydney Film Festival and Associate Programmer for the Antenna Documentary Festival.

The Seduction of Mimi (1972) and Swept Away (1974) will be introduced by Dr Blythe Worthy of the English Department at the University of Sydney. Dr Worthy is a postdoctoral researcher, tutor, Documentary, Film and Television Editor at the Australian Journal of American Studies and Coordinator of the Sydney Literature and Cinema Network.

Love and Anarchy (1973) will be introduced by Associate Professor Bruce Isaacs, who teaches Film Studies at the University of Sydney and is currently working on a large research project entitled ‘The Making of the Modern Action Film’. Read his ‘Great Movie Scenes’ column in The Conversation.

All Screwed Up (1974) will be introduced by Danielle McGrane, an entertainment reporter/producer and critic specialising in music, film and TV who regularly appears on ABC 702 Sydney’s Richard Glover critics show talking film and music.

Seven Beauties (1975) will be introduced by Dr Blythe Worthy of the English Department at the University of Sydney. Dr Worthy is a postdoctoral researcher, tutor, Documentary, Film and Television Editor at the Australian Journal of American Studies and Coordinator of the Sydney Literature and Cinema Network.

Swept Away (1974) will be introduced by Associate Professor Francesco Borghesi from the Department of Italian Studies of the University of Sydney. His researches are mainly concerned with the development of philosophical ideas in European history, especially between the 13th and the 16th century.

Lina Wertmüller, born in 1928 in Rome, is an Italian film director and screenwriter noted for her comedies focusing on the eternal battle of the sexes and on contemporary political and social issues. In 1977 she became the first woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for best director. Lina Wertmüller graduated from the Academy of Theatre in Rome in 1951 and then held various jobs as a puppeteer, actress, stage manager, and writer. She was an assistant to Federico Fellini, notably working on the classic Otto e mezzo (1963). She then wrote directed her first film, I basilischi (The Lizards, 1963). At about this time she became friends with the actor Giancarlo Giannini, who would star in most of her subsequent films. Lina Wertmüller achieved international fame with her fifth film, Mimi metallurgico ferito nell’onore (1972; variously entitled The Seduction of Mimi or Mimi the Metalworker, Wounded in Honour), a satire on sexual hypocrisy and changing social mores. Her next picture was Film d’amore e d’anarchia… (Love and Anarchy, 1973) about an anarchist torn between his plot to assassinate Benito Mussolini and his love for a prostitute who has given him shelter in a Rome brothel. Wertmüller’s two finest films are Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto (Swept Away, 1974), a witty comedy in which a poor sailor establishes his dominance over a haughty rich woman while they are marooned on a deserted island, and Pasqualino settebellezze (Seven Beauties, 1975), a film about an Italian dandy who must betray all moral values while trying to survive World War II and his internment in a Nazi death camp. For the latter, Wertmüllercinema reborn made history with her Academy Award nomination for best director.

All the movies will start at 4.00 pm

Information and bookings: www.ritzcinemas.com.au 02 8324 2500

Information

Date: Da Sunday, March 28, 2021 a Sunday, May 09, 2021

Time: From 4:00 pm To 6:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Cinema Ritz

Entrance : Free


Location:

Cinema Ritz - 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick

Author:

Istituto italiano di Cultura Sydney

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