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FIVE BEAUTIES FROM LINA WERTMÜLLER

SEPTEMBER AT THE TRYLON

Wertmüller, the first woman to be Oscar-nominated for Best Director, was once termed “the most important film director since Ingmar Bergman” by New York Magazine. Her work has largely gone missing from critical consideration over the past few decades. Yet Wertmüller’s films, controversial and complicated—overtly political, sexual, and unapologetic—are now more essential than ever.

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Sun, September 1

SEVEN BEAUTIES

(1975, DCP, 116m) w/Giancarlo Gianinni, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler. After Army deserter Pasqualito accidentally murders his sister’s lover, he is sent to a concentration camp, where he must seduce the Nazi commandant in order to survive. Seven Beauties serves as a warning about how fascism can seep into the very heart of a nation. SUN 7:45 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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Starts Sun, September 8

ALL SCREWED UP

(1974, DCP, 105m) w/Luigi Diberti, Lina Polito, Nino Bignamini. A group of Sicilian immigrants in Milan form a commune that soon comes to reflect a range of Italy’s social problems. All Screwed Up is an ensemble piece that highlights Wertmüller’s key strengths. SUN 7:30 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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Starts Sun, September 15

LOVE & ANARCHY

(1973, DCP, 120m) w/Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Eros Pagni. In pre-World War II Rome, Tunin (Giannini) plots to assassinate Benito Mussolini with the help of an anarchist prostitute, but he falls in love along the way. Soon the stage is set for a grand tragedy—enacted to perfection by Wertmüller regulars Giannini and Melato.  SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:30

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Starts Sun, September 22

SWEPT AWAY

(1974, DCP, 114m) w/Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino. Swept Away revolves around an entitled capitalist (Melato) and her abusive Communist yacht captain (Giannini), who are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Their relationship escalates from mistreatment to rape and from hatred to passion as the power dynamics of class and gender shift with the tides. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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Starts Sun, September 29

THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI

(1972, DCP, 121m) w/Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Turi Ferro. Mimi (Giannini) is a metalworker who leaves his wife and runs south to escape the mafia. After creating a new life there, he gets entangled again and must reckon with his past. Wertmüller’s updating of The Taming of the Shrew explores double standards and revenge. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:30

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