Lina Wertmüller

Lowest Rated: 5% Swept Away (2002)
Birthday: Aug 14, 1926
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
The daughter of an aristocratic Swiss family, Lina Wertmuller harbored dreams of becoming a lawyer, but this notion fell by the wayside when she entered the Academy of Theatre in Rome in 1947. Thanks to a few valuable connections--one of her school chums was the wife of actor Marcello Mastroianni--Wertmuller found work as a performer/writer with Maria Signorelli's Puppet Troupe. She went on to function as actress, writer, set designer and publicist in a variety of theatrical and broadcast endeavors, entering films in 1962 as Federico Fellini's assistant on the set of 8 1/2. She made her directorial debut the following year with The Lizards. With actor Giancarlo Giannini, a friend and co-worker from her theater days, Wertmuller formed Liberty Films, turning out a series of fascinating, iconoclastic feature films, with Giannini-invariably cast as a Chaplinesque loser--starring in all but one film (All Screwed Up). The first Wertmuller effort to receive an American release was Love and Anarchy (1973). Three years later, she scored her biggest international hit with Seven Beauties (1976), a trenchant, surreal, darkly comic tale of survival and compromise that earned her a Academy Award nomination for "Best Director" (the first such honor bestowed upon a woman). On the strength of Seven Beauties, Warners signed Wertmuller to a four-picture contract--an agreement that was abruptly cancelled after the poor box-office showing of her first Warners project, The End of the World in Our Usual Bed in a Nightful of Rain (1976). During her heyday, Wertmuller was effusively praised for her championing of the underdog, her staunch feminism and her anarchistic approach to her material. Once her vogue had passed in the U.S., however, she was taken to task for the "hollowness" of her vision and her lack of compassion for her characters. Undaunted, she continued making films for the European market, enjoying a brief resurgence of critical approval with one of her most atypical films, Ciao Professore (1994). Lina Wertmuller's most recent film, completed in 1996, bears the typically lengthy cognomen Metalmeccanico e parrucchiera in un turbine di sesso di politica.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mannaggia alla miseria! Director 2010
No Score Yet Marcello: A Sweet Life Actor 2006
No Score Yet Peperoni ripieni e pesci in faccia (Too Much Romance... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers) Director 2004
5% Swept Away Screenwriter $0.6M 2002
No Score Yet Francesca e Nunziata (Francesca and Nunziata) Director 2001
No Score Yet Ferdinando e Carolina Director Screenwriter 1999
No Score Yet The Nymph (Ninfa plebea) Director 1996
No Score Yet Metalmeccanico e parrucchiera in un turbine di sesso e di politica (The Worker and the Hairdresser) Director 1996
57% Ciao, Professore! (Io speriamo che me la cavo) Director 1993
No Score Yet Sabato, domenica e lunedì (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) Director 1990
No Score Yet Il Decimo clandestino (The Tenth One in Hiding) (To Save Nine) Director 1989
No Score Yet In una notte di chiaro di luna (As Long as It's Love) (On a Moonlit Night) Director 1989
No Score Yet Bellissimo - A History of the Italian Cinema Actor 1987
No Score Yet Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti Director Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet Summer Night (Notte d'Estate Con Profilo Greco, Occhi a Mandorla, e Odore di Basilico) Screenwriter Director 1986
No Score Yet Sotto... sotto Director Screenwriter 1985
No Score Yet Scherzo del destino in agguato dietro l'angolo come un brigante da strada (A Joke of Destiny) Director 1983
No Score Yet E una domenica sera di novembre Director 1981
No Score Yet Blood Feud Screenwriter Director 1980
No Score Yet A Night Full of Rain Screenwriter Director 1978
79% Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) Screenwriter Producer Director $12.5K 1976
65% Swept Away (Travolti da un Insolito Destino nell'Azzurro Mare d'Agosto) Director $8.4K 1975
No Score Yet The Seduction of Mimi Director Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet All Screwed Up Director Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet Love and Anarchy Screenwriter Director 1973
42% Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet When Women Lost Their Tails Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Violent City (The Family)(Città violenta) Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet When Women Had Tails Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet The Belle Starr Story (Il Mio corpo per un poker) Director Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet Non stuzzicate la zanzara (Don't Sting the Mosquito) Director 1967
No Score Yet Rita la zanzara (Rita the Mosquito) Director 1966
No Score Yet Questa volta parliamo di uomini (Let's Talk About Men) Director 1965
No Score Yet Il Giornalino di Gian Burrasca (Gian Burrasca's Diary) Director 1964
No Score Yet Basilischi Director 1963


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