Swept Away (1974)

Swept Away: The Films of Lina Wertmüller

5 Mondays, November 20 to December 18, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Instructor: Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D., Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $125 for members, $150 for non-members. To register for this class, please call (610) 527-4008 x107.

During the 1970s, Lina Wertmüller emblazoned her name into the pantheon of Italian cinema with a series of intensely polemical, deeply controversial, and wonderfully entertaining films. Among the most politically outspoken and iconoclastic members of the second generation of post-war directors—the direct heirs to the neo-realists—Wertmüller was also one of the first female directors to be internationally recognized and acclaimed.

Armed with a keen, satiric perspective, Wertmüller reinvented the narrative forms and character types of Italian comedy to create a rare example of a radical, politically galvanized cinema that managed to achieve widespread popularity. Indeed, the fierce invectives against social, cultural, and historical inequities at the heart of Wertmüller's mid-1970s masterworks,
Love & Anarchy, Swept Away, and Seven Beauties, helped the films find an appreciative audience. This was especially true in the United States, where they broke box office records for foreign films and secured Wertmüller an Oscar nomination for Best Director, making her the first woman to receive such an honor.

In addition to her most celebrated films and the recent documentary chronicling her career (Behind the White Glasses), we will look at All Screwed Up, a lesser-known, early work that nevertheless reveals Wertmüller's energy, vision, Rabelaisian humor, and consequence as a filmmaker.

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  • Monday, December 18
    6:30pm 2017-12-18 18:30:00 2017-12-18 22:00:00 America/New_York Swept Away: The Films of Lina Wertmüller Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA