Born in Rome in 1928, Lina Wertmüller (true name Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spanol von Braucich) enrolled on stage directing courses at the Accademia Pietro Sharoff in 1951. After gaining her diploma, she worked in the theatre with Garinei and Giovannini and became assistant director to Giorgio De Lullo.
She again worked as assistant director to Fellini on “8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo)” (1963). In the meantime, she worked in the radio and directed television programmes such as “Canzonissima”.
She made her film directing debut with “The Basilisks (I basilischi)” (1963), then in 1965 directed the episodic cinema film “Now Let’s Talk About Men (Questa volta parliamo di uomini)” and for the television “Gian Burrasca’s Diary (Il giornalino di Gian Burrasca)”, a successful adaptation of the eponymous novel by Vamba.
Since then she has directed a further seventeen full-length films for the cinema, including “The seduction of Mimi (Mimì metallurgico ferito nell’onore)”… read more
Seven Beauties is a rip-roaring dark comedy that makes things that really shouldn't be funny (like the Holocaust) into gold mines of comedy. Yes, it is gross, disgusting, perverse, and really politically incorrect but it's also a glorious film. And in the last half hour Wertmuller pulls the rug out from under the audience and punches us in the gut with pure humanity. It's a masterpiece, oh yeah!