DISAPPEARANCE – The filmmaker born in 1928 died in Rome on December 9. She had been the first Italian director shortlisted for the Oscars with Pasqualino in 1977.
The filmmaker Lina Wertmüller, figure of Italian comedy and “first female director to be nominated for an Oscar»As recalled by the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini and assistant to his debut of Federico Fellini, died at the age of 93 on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, December 9, 2021.
“Italy mourns the loss of Lina Wertmüller, a director who with her class and inimitable style has left a lasting mark in our cinematography and on a global level», Greeted the Italian minister in his press release.
Born in Rome on August 14, 1928, Lina Wertmüller, whose full name was Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spanol von Braueich, made her first film in 1963, I basilischi, a work of neorealist inspiration awarded at the Locarno festival.
This woman with a strong character and devastating humor, who began as Fellini’s assistant on his film Eight and a half , remains, with Liliana Cavani, one of the rare women to have established herself in Italian cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. This is the movie Mimi metallo wounded in his honor (1972), a satire targeting the Mafia and Sicilian mores, which brought her to international attention.
She continues in the same vein with A film of love and anarchy, a political fable set in Italy during the rise of fascism. The film won Giancarlo Giannini the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.
In 1974, still with Giancarlo Giannini, she released one of her most famous films, Towards an unusual destiny on the blue waves of summer, a satirical comedy in which the war of the sexes and the class struggle come together. This film will also be the subject of a remake in 2002: Adrift by Guy Ritchie with Madonna and Adriano Giannini, Giancarlo’s own son.
Will follow Pasqualino (1975), which addresses the theme of survival in concentration camps. In 1977, this film will be nominated for the Oscars in four categories and will allow Wertmüller to become the first woman nominated for the Oscar for best director. It will ultimately be awarded to John G. Avildsen for Rocky.
Finally, a final tribute to her talent as a filmmaker, in 2019, Lina Wertmüller received an honorary Oscar for her entire career.