A provocateur who produced some of the biggest arthouse blockbusters of the ’70s, Lina Wertmüller—instantly recognizable in her signature white-framed glasses—was debated, venerated, and decried at the height of her fame, but her erotically and politically charged bomb-throwing films couldn’t be ignored. With this collection of five of her finest, most inflammatory features—and Behind the White Glasses, a documentary portrait of the director—we guarantee you’ll have plenty to grapple with. “[Wertmüller’s] pictures were funny and frighteningly harrowing and big and emotional and over-the-top and popular… This was a very special artistic vision.”—Martin Scorsese
Giancarlo Giannini stars as a laborer being wooed by both the unions and the mafioso in Wertmüller’s raunchy and romantic comic drama.
Wertmüller’s 1930s-set tragicomedy follows country bumpkin anarchist Giancarlo Giannini on his mission to assassinate Mussolini.
Wertmüller’s battle royale of the sexes/classes, a powder keg of a film that’s lost none of its ability to generate controversy almost 50 years after its release.
Wertmüller’s wild, woolly working-class satire follows a cadre of Sicilian migrants struggling to make ends meet.
The controversial, absurd, and uproarious film that made director Lina Wertmüller the talk of film culture, and garnered her the first Best Director Academy Award nomination for a woman.