The ending is narratively disappointing in a traditional sense, but the willingness to accept that anarchy's true victory is in persevering through failure (the conscious avoidance of a fascist logic of victory and defeat) makes it perfectly unsatisfying. One of the most beautifully photographed films I have seen, and Mariangela Melato's "room #10" is a marvel of set design.
I think the characters of Salome, Tripolina and Tunin, this triangle of desperate love, got carved into my soul for good. They were so over-the-top yet so humane; idealistic, naïve and full of life. Three characters crisp with light in the dark times of Italian fascism; despite the tragic story you’d hope they really existed.
thank you wertmuller for my life.. a true jewel of feminist anti-fascist cinema. a baroque brothel brimming with sexual grotesquerie, clandestine anarchist organizing, assassination plots, friendship. love, and a radical representation of female subjectivity... the binarist criticism lina receives abt being anti-women truly confuses me as i can only see depth, humanity n dynamism in her women characters tbh
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.