LOVE & ANARCHY
FILM D'AMORE E D'ANARCHIA
1973, Kino Lorber, 125 min, Italy/France, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

Lina Wertmüller and her co-stars from SWEPT AWAY, Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato, reteam for a brilliant drama about a simple-hearted assassin who comes to Rome to kill Mussolini, only to fall in love with a vulnerable young prostitute. Wertmüller turns Salome's whorehouse into a stunning metaphor for Italy in the late 1930s - a house riddled with compromise and intrigue, rouged and painted on the outside but bleeding on the inside.


THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI
MIMI METALLURGICO FERITO NELL'ONORE
1972, Kino Lorber, 121 min, Italy, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

Giancarlo Giannini stars as a hapless laborer who is booted out of his job when he votes for the wrong candidate in the local election. After leaving his sexually reticent wife and extended family to look for work in Turin, he falls madly in love with a beautiful young communist played by Mariangela Melato (SWEPT AWAY). Transferred back to his hometown, Giannini begins a complicated and chaotic double life, quickly discovering that balancing love and politics, Mafia and the family is an impossible task.


SWEPT AWAY BY AN UNUSUAL DESTINY IN THE BLUE SEA OF AUGUST
TRAVOLTI DA UN INSOLITO DESTINO NELL'AZZURRO MARE D'AGOSTO
1974, Kino Lorber, 125 min, Italy, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

Giancarlo Giannini stars as a scruffy ship hand forced to endure the political and social criticism of a beautiful aristocrat (Mariangela Melato). When their yacht is blown off course, fate and the tide sweep the pair to a remote and uninhabited island. It is here that Giannini is finally able to exact brutal revenge on his gorgeous nemesis in the name of the working class. The roles of master and slave are reversed in a sophisticated mixture of visceral cruelty and hilarious battles of will. There are more outrageous insults and obscenities in SWEPT AWAY than in all of Scorsese combined!


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