The lowdown on Lina Wertmüller – the rule-breaking, nonagenarian female director finally awarded an Oscar

Luciana d'Arcangeli

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Abstract

Lina Wertmüller was known to everyone in the world of cinema long before she donned her iconic, custom made, white-rimmed glasses in the 80s, or her hair turned white to match.

The Italian filmmaker has directed 40 films since 1963. In 1977, she was the first woman nominated for the Best Director Academy Award. Her film, Seven Beauties, was also nominated for original screenplay (Wertmüller), leading actor (Giancarlo Giannini), and best international feature film.

The nominations came as no surprise. Wertmüller, a self-declared socialist, made hilariously irreverent films that featured reversals of power in terms of class, gender, social roles and mores..
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Cinema
  • Lina Wertmüller
  • Italian cinema
  • Directors

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