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Lina Wertmüller is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Script Supervisor Italienne born on 14 august 1928 at Rome (Italie)

Lina Wertmüller

Lina Wertmüller
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Birth name Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spanol von Braueich
Nationality Italie
Birth 14 august 1928 at Rome (Italie)
Death 9 december 2021 (at 93 years)

Lina Wertmüller (born 14 August 1928) is an Italian film writer and director. In 1976, she became the first woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Directing with the film Seven Beauties.

Biography

With the full name Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Español von Braueich, Wertmüller was born in Rome to a devoutly Roman Catholic Swiss family, of aristocratic descent. She was rebellious as a child and was expelled from more than a dozen Catholic schools. Although her father wanted her to become a lawyer she enrolled in theatre school.

After graduating from school, her first job was touring Europe in a puppet show. For the next ten years she worked as an actress, director and playwright in legitimate theatre. During this period she met Giancarlo Giannini, who would later star in many of her films. Through her acquaintance with Marcello Mastroianni, she met Federico Fellini and in 1962 Fellini offered her the position of assistant director on 8½. The following year, Wertmüller made her directorial debut with The Lizards (I Basilischi), a film whose subject matter (the lives of impoverished people in southern Italy) would become a recurring motif in her later work.

Several other moderately successful films followed, but it was not until 1972 that Wertmüller achieved lasting international acclaim with a series of four movies starring Giancarlo Giannini. The last, and best-received of these, was 1975's Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Sette Bellezze), which earned 4 Academy Award nominations and was an international hit. Wertmüller was the first woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, and Kathryn Bigelow are the only other female directors to have been nominated (with Bigelow the first female to win).

Her 1978 film A Night Full of Rain was entered into the 28th Berlin International Film Festival. Eight years later, her film Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime) was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival.

In 1985, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.

She is known for her whimsically prolix movie titles, for instance, the full title of Swept Away is "Swept away by an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August". These titles were invariably shortened for international release. She is entered in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest film title: Un fatto di sangue nel comune di Siculiana fra due uomini per causa di una vedova. Si sospettano moventi politici. Amore-Morte-Shimmy. Lugano belle. Tarantelle. Tarallucci e vino (a movie from 1979 with 179 characters that is better known under the international titles Blood Feud or Revenge)

Her 1983 film A Joke of Destiny was entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.

Although Wertmüller has had a prolific career since, and is still actively directing, none of her later films have had the same impact as her mid-1970s collaborations with Giannini. Wertmüller was married to Enrico Job (died 4 March 2008), an art designer who worked on several of her pictures.

Best films

8½ (1963)
(Director)

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Filmography of Lina Wertmüller (38 films)

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Actress

Women Directors, 1h16
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Documentary
Actors Maria de Medeiros, Lina Wertmüller, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Cecilia Mangini, Francesca Archibugi, Francesca Comencini
Roles Lina Wertmüller
Rating65% 3.2735053.2735053.2735053.2735053.273505
Registe, talking on a blade is an Italian documentary about the Italian Cinema signed by women and about the pioneer of the Silent Cinema Elvira Notari (1875-1946) plays by Maria De Medeiros. The directors interviewed are the most important Italian women directors: Lina Wertmüller, Cecilia Mangini, Francesca Archibugi, Francesca Comencini, Wilma Labate, Cinzia Th Torrini, Roberta Torre, Antonietta De Lillo, Giada Colagrande, Donatella Maiorca, Ilaria Borrelli and other.
Marcello, una vita dolce, 1h38
Genres Documentary
Actors Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sergio Castellitto, Ursula Andress, Lina Wertmüller
Roles Self
Rating68% 3.405063.405063.405063.405063.40506
Une vie vécue avec douceur, ce doux regard et ce sourire narquois, cette légendaire paresse. Aujourd’hui encore, dire Mastroianni ou Marcello évoque une époque : un monde fait de bravoure, de beauté, de charme, de gentillesse. Au travers d’interviews de ses proches et de ses collaborateurs, d’extraits de films et d’images d’archives, ce documentaire narré par Sergio Castellitto veut raconter un homme qui a été le plus grand acteur italien et a vécu de façon extraordinaire avec le succès, en pensant souvent qu’il n’était peut-être qu’en train de rêver.
How We Got the Italian Movie Business Into Trouble: The True Story of Franco and Ciccio
Directed by Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco
Origin Italie
Genres Documentary
Actors Ciccio Ingrassia, Lino Banfi, Bernardo Bertolucci, Mario Merola, Lando Buzzanca, Vittorio De Sica
Roles Self
Rating73% 3.687413.687413.687413.687413.68741
Le film évoque la carrière du duo comique sicilien qui compta parmi les plus célèbres des acteurs dans leur pays, Franco Franchi et Ciccio Ingrassia ; en utilisant des archives de leur répertoire et des témoignages originaux — par-dessus tout, ceux de la famille et des amis des réalisateurs — il imprime en quelque sorte à la pellicule son propre et authentique récit cinématographique.
American Pop, 1h36
Directed by Ralph Bakshi
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Musical, Animation
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Films about religion, Musical films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Ron Thompson, Lisa Jane Persky, Jeffrey Lippa, Richard Singer, Mews Small, Ben Frommer
Rating70% 3.5458753.5458753.5458753.5458753.545875
Dans la Russie impériale de la fin des années 1890, le rabbin d'un village est assassiné par un groupe de cosaques : sa femme s'exile aux États-Unis avec son jeune fils, Zalmie. Peu après leur arrivée à New York, Zalmie est recruté par Louie, artiste dans un cabaret burlesque. Zalmie devenant adolescent, il passe davantage de temps avec Louie en coulisses lors des spectacles burlesques. Lorsque la mère de Zalmie meurt dans l'incendie d'un atelier de misère, il commence à travailler à plein temps avec Louie dans un petit théâtre. Et bien qu'il aspire à devenir chanteur, Zalmie entre dans la puberté, et la mue qu'opère sa voix devient un obstacle important. La Première Guerre mondiale éclate alors : Zalmie parcourt le globe, jouant pour les troupes la moitié arrière d'un cheval de pantomime , et est blessé à la gorge.
Ciao, Federico!, 1h
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Actors Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina, Nino Rota, Giuseppe Rotunno, Dante Ferretti, Martin Potter
Roles Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Rating64% 3.238493.238493.238493.238493.23849
Reportage, en 1968, sur le tournage du film Satyricon. Interviews de Federico Fellini, commentaires de quelques-uns de ses acteurs, ainsi que des membres de son entourage.

Director

Ferdinando and Carolina
Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Genres Drama, Comedy, Historical, Romance
Actors Sergio Assisi, Gabriella Pession, Nicole Grimaudo, Lola Pagnani, Elio Pandolfi, Leonardo Benvenuti
Rating60% 3.001323.001323.001323.001323.00132
Sur son lit de mort, Ferdinand Ier de Naples fuit les fantômes de son règne en se remémorant ses jeunes années heureuses, faites de chasses et de fêtes.
The Blue Collar Worker and the Hairdresser in a Whirl of Sex and Politics, 1h40
Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Genres Comedy
Actors Piera Degli Esposti, Veronica Pivetti, Cyrielle Clair, Cinzia Leone, Rossy de Palma
Rating56% 2.8045452.8045452.8045452.8045452.804545
The film runs a story similar to the historic compromise policy of the Seventies. A metalworker PRC Communist Party, abandons all his ideals and his manifestations because he falls in love with a beautiful League, his bitter enemy.
Ciao, Professore!, 1h35
Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about education
Actors Paolo Villaggio, Paolo Bonacelli, Isa Danieli
Rating69% 3.464853.464853.464853.464853.46485
Marco Tullio Sperelli is a professor of Italian language for children from the region of Liguria in northern Italy. Due to a failure of the Ministry of Education, he is transferred not to another northern town, but instead a similar-sounding town near Naples, in southern Italy. There he finds a school where the students, teachers and parents deal with the poverty of the south in a resigned and practical manner that he feels are unworthy of the morality, ethics and education children should learn. (For example, most of the children avoid school because they must work for a living to help support their families).
Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime), 1h55
Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Ángela Molina, Harvey Keitel, Isa Danieli, Paolo Bonacelli, Franco Angrisano, Francisco Rabal
Rating57% 2.859492.859492.859492.859492.85949
Une ancienne prostituée, reconvertie dans la direction d'un hôtel à Naples, est blessée dans un guet-apens dans lequel meurt un trafiquant de drogue. Quand son fils, un jeune garçon de dix ans, est impliqué dans un cercle des petits trafiquants et utilisateurs de drogue, elle décide de découvrir la vérité : les instigateurs de la chaîne de crimes des trafiquants ne sont pas les patrons de la Camorra, mais un groupe de mères, déterminées à sauver leurs enfants de la drogue.