The first film I've seen by Lina Wertmuller and it is quite the pièce de résistance. An amazing film with phenomenal performances, evoking all kinds of emotions. Its anti-fascist message will prevail through the echo of time. I can't wait to see more films by her, she is clearly a master filmmaker and I must hunt down her work. One of the best films of the 70s. I have nothing but the utmost praise.
When will the laziness and incompetence of film writers stop surprising me...I get literally zero relevant results when googling this movie and Taxi Driver, I mean Scorsese was recently in a doc on Wertmüller so he Knows. This happens so often, glaring women shaped holes in the history of cinema/every field. Fun to always feel like you're going crazy! Anyway, movie is good, love Salome. Moral: DIY, don't rely on men.
"if you commence, make sure work--do not trifle, for they will not trifle with you--they want us for their slaves, and think nothing of murdering us in order to subject us to that wretched condition--therefore, if there is an attempt made by us, kill or be killed." -- David Walker's Appeal
If a Ken Loach film and a Fellini film had some passionate, editing-room affair, this might be their fiery, vivacious, celluloid love child. Notable are the women - all powerful, each in their own way - and Wertmüller's radical sympathies, including a sex/sex-work positivity that no doubt challenged many of her contemporaries (feminist and otherwise!) Human & compelling (even if the brashness left me exhausted). 3.5
There's beautifully choreographed films, and then there's this one. The appositely paced montage sequences reveal Lina Wertmuller's intimate fascination for the female body. Stylized without being excessive and politicized without hitting you over the head with it.