Wertmuller, Lina

(1928-)
   Born Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmiiller von Elgg Spanol von Braucich, a factor that probably conditioned her later taste for long and extravagant titles, Wertmiiller trained as a theater director at the Pietro Sharoff Academy before working extensively in a variety of theatrical forms including musical revues and puppet theater. At the same time she also worked in radio and television, where she achieved her greatest success with Il giornalino di Gian Burrasca (Gian Burrasca's Diary, 1964), an eight-part series adapted from a famous children's novel and revealing the considerable acting talents of the young pop singer Rita Pavone.
   By Wertmiller's own admission, her most formative film experience was as one of the assistant directors on Federico Fellini's Otto e mezzo (8'A, 1963), which prompted her to make her first feature, I basilischi (The Lizards, 1963), a sort of southern Italian version of Fellini's I vitelloni (Vitelloni, 1963). Two years later, in response to Ettore Scola's male-centered Sepermetteteparliamo di donne (Let's Talk about Women, 1964), she directed Questa volta parliamo di uomini (This Time Let's Talk about Men, 1965), a multiepisode film satirizing male-female relations, all episodes featuring Nino Manfredi. Under the pseudonym George Brown, Wertmiiller then directed Rita la zanzara (Rita the Mosquito, 1966) and Non stuzzicate la zanzara (Don't Sting the Mosquito, 1967), two lightweight teen musicals, essentially vehicles for Rita Pavone. Having already established something of a reputation in Italy, Wertmiller then soared to international renown with a series of mordant but rather grotesque social farces featuring the duo of Mariangela Melato and Giancarlo Giannini, beginning with Mimi metallurgico ferito nell'onore (The Seduction of Mimi, 1972), nominated for the Palme d'or at Cannes that year, and followed by Film d'amore e anarchia ovvero stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza (Love and Anarchy, 1973), Travolto da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (Swept Away, 1974), and Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties, 1975), which achieved strong box office success and was nominated for two Oscars, making Wertmiiller the first female to receive the Academy Award nomination for Best Director.
   Many of her subsequent films continued to display a baroque tendency to visual and emotional excess, although she was able to achieve more nuanced results in films such as the made-for-television Sabato, domenica e lunedi (Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 1990), an adaptation of an Edoardo De Filippo play that featured Sophia Loren in her best role in years, and Io speriamo che me la cavo (Ciao, Professore! 1992), from the best-selling novel by Marcello D'Orta. After the elegant and relatively restrained historical costume drama Ferdinando e Carolina (Ferdinand and Caroline, 1999), she returned to something of her old form with Peperoni ripieni e pesci in faccia (Too Much Romance ... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers, 2004), a comic family drama starring Sophia Loren and F. Murray Abraham.
   In addition to her films, Wertmuller has continued to direct for the theater and has also published a number of novels, among them Essere e avere ma per essere devo avere la testa di Alvise su un piatto d'argento (The Head of Alvise, 1982) and Avrei voluto uno zio esibizionista (I Would Have Liked an Exhibitionist Uncle, 1990).
   Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema by Alberto Mira

Guide to cinema. . 2011.

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  • Wertmüller, Lina — orig. Arcangela Wertmüller von Elgg born Aug. 14, 1928, Rome, Italy Italian film director. After working as a puppeteer and stage actress and director, she became an assistant to Federico Fellini and began writing and directing her own films in… …   Universalium

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  • Wertmuller, Lina — (1928 )    Born Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmiiller von Elgg Spanol von Braucich, a factor that probably conditioned her later taste for long and extravagant titles, Wertmiiller trained as a theater director at the Pietro Sharoff Academy before… …   Historical dictionary of Italian cinema

  • Wertmüller, Lina — orig. Arcangela Wertmüller von Elgg (n. 14 ago. 1928, Roma, Italia). Directora de cine italiana. Después de trabajar como titiritera, actriz y directora teatral, se convirtió en asistente de dirección de Federico Fellini, y en 1963 comenzó a… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Wertmüller, Lina — pseud. di Wertmüller von Elgg, Arcangela …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Wertmüller,Lina — Wert·mül·ler (vĕrtʹmyo͞o lər), Lina. Born c. 1926. Italian filmmaker whose works, such as The Seduction of Mimi (1972) and Swept Away (1974), often concern the struggles of the common worker. * * * …   Universalium

  • Lina Wertmüller — (* 14. August 1928 in Rom; eigentlich Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Español von Braueich) ist eine italienische Filmregisseurin. Sie wurde als erste Frau überhaupt für einen Oscar in der Kategorie Beste Regie nominiert.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Lina Wertmuller — Lina Wertmüller Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spanol von Braueich connue sous le nom de Lina Wertmüller (née le 14 août 1926 à Rome) est une scénariste et réalisatrice de cinéma italienne d origine suisse. Sommaire 1… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Wertmüller — ist der Name folgender Personen: Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller (1751–1811), schwedischer Maler Justus Wertmüller, deutscher Journalist Lina Wertmüller (* 1926), italienische Filmregisseurin Massimo Wertmüller (* 1956), italienischer Schauspieler und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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