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Behind the White Glasses (2016)

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Behind the White Glasses is the story about Lina Wertmüller's life and career. First woman in the world to receive a nomination for the Academy Award as best director for her masterpiece Seven beauty (Pasqualino Settebellezze, 1975). From the unpublished pictures taken in Cinecittà when she was Federico Fellini's assistant director for in 8 1⁄2 , the documentary takes us to the places were her most famous films were set , revealing the artistic and human universe of a woman who with her unfailing irony and taste for the grotesque, has left her mark in all fields entertainment in which she worked: cinema, drama, television, music. The journey is accompanied by many exclusive interviews with the artists who witnessed her intense and constantly evolving career. Among them Giancarlo Giannini, Marina Cicogna, Sophia Loren and many foreign talents like Harvey Keitel, Nastassja Kinski and film critic John Simon. The film features a long series of unreleased videos, images and songs written by Lina Wertmüller. "Behind the white glasses" is a personal poetic portrait by Valerio Ruiz, who was her assistant director and very close collaborator.

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Dismayingly shallow, this 2015 documentary about Italian writer-director Lina Wertmüller fails to address what makes her work so controversial-or, for that matter, virtually anything beyond why her friends and collaborators like her.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

There was a time when audiences lined up around city blocks to see the movies of Lina Wertmüller. "Behind the White Glasses" lets you revisit a bit of that passion, without quite nailing what it was.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie treats Ms. Wertmüller's poorly received post-1970s career with kid gloves.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…

This affectionate portrait includes extensive interviews with Wertmuller, who remains vital in her late 80s, as well as performance footage of her singing her original compositions.

March 1, 2016 | Full Review…

There's plenty of information about the making of [Lina Wertmuller's] movies, including interviews with her stars Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato.

September 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Behind the White Glasses is sketchy as biography but still a fun and jumpy ode to brazenly unbound and cross-disciplinary artistry.

April 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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