Cinema says goodbye to Lina Wertmuller. The director was 93 years old

It went out in the night in Rome. He had signed masterpieces such as “Overwhelmed by an unusual fate” and “Metallurgical Mimì”

Lina Wertmuller died, the news was given by a family friend on social media and then confirmed by the family. The great director who was 93 passed away during the night in Rome.

how many masterpieces

A life full of encounters and friendships for her, the first female director to be nominated for an Oscar in 1977 for `Pasqualino Settebellezze´, even if the prestigious statuette will arrive in 2020 as a Lifetime Achievement Award. Friendships and encounters in Wertmuller’s life will prove indispensable and fundamental to her career. At school he meets Flora Carabella who, a few years later will become the wife of Marcello Mastroianni (with him and Sophia Loren she will shoot in 1978 “Made of blood between two men because of a widow. Political motives are suspected”, a film that boasts the Guinness Book of Records as the longest title in the history of cinema), among its iconic actors alongside Giancarlo Giannini. While still a teenager Lina attended the world of cinema and theater, enrolled in the Theater Academy directed by Pietro Sharoff, animates a puppet theater, initially collaborated with Guido Salvini, Giorgio De Lullo, Garinei and Giovannini, worked in radio and television , signs the first Canzonissima and the “Giornalino di Gian Burrasca” with Rita Pavone protagonist in men’s clothes.

first time

His first appearance on the big screen was in 1953 in the role of secretariat with Armando Grottini’s `… e Napoli canta! ‘, Followed by Fellini’s` La dolce vita´ as assistant director. The real debut was in 1963 with `I basilischi´, shot between Basilicata and Puglia, Silver Sail at the Locarno Film Festival, while in ’68 under a` nom de plume´ (Nathan Witch) he directed an Italian western “My body for a poker” with a charming Elsa Martinelli.

with giannini

In the second half of the 60s, the meeting with Giancarlo Giannini. A perfect artistic marriage, an unrepeatable partnership herald of triumphs, anywhere in the world (“Metallurgical Mimi wounded in honor”, “Film of love and anarchy”, “Overwhelmed by an unusual destiny in the blue sea of ​​August”, “Pasqualino Settebellezze”, “The end of the world in our usual bed on a rainy night”).

not just cinema

To his credit over 30 films also as a screenwriter alongside Sergio Sollima (“Violent city”), Pasquale Festa Campanile (“When women had a tail”, “When women lost their tail”), Franco Zeffirelli (“Brother Sun, sister Luna “), Enrico Maria Salerno (” Nobody must know “) and series, shorts and TV films, including” Il decimo clandestino “,” Francesca e Nunziata “,” Rome, Naples, Venice … in a crescendo Rossinian “. The cinema is transformed into a stage where one can denounce and courageously face political issues, such as that of terrorism (“Joke of fate lurking around the corner like a street brigand”), but also to `paint ‘historical frescoes (” Fernando and Carolina “). Meanwhile Lina Wertmuller rediscovers another great passion, opera. Rare raids, but don’t go unnoticed. “Carmen” at the San Carlo in Naples for the inauguration of the 1986-87 season, “Bohème” at the Athens Opera in 1997 alongside several screenplays and theatrical direction that bear his signature.

i premi

Among the awards, in addition to the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, the Flaiano Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008), the Golden Globe for Lifetime Achievement (2009), the David di Donatello for Lifetime Achievement (2010), the Grand Cross Knighthood of the Order Merit of the Italian Republic. It was also awarded two honorary citizenships, by the municipalities of Naples and Minori. Lina Wertmuller She leaves a legacy not only of art, but of thought and life. In an interview he said: “More than what it has been, I like to think about what I will do. Maybe another film, I have many projects in the pipeline, and maybe another autobiography. I always work and write, every day, because the key to everything is always there, in the stories “. A testament also for the new generations.

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Cinema says goodbye to Lina Wertmuller. The director was 93 years old

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