Lina Wertmuller

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
This European director's grotesque/comic treatments of weighty political, social and sexual themes earned her a sizeable cult following in the mid-1970s.
Born: 08/14/1926 in Italy

Filmography

Writer (30)

Peperoni Ripieni e Pesci in Faccia 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ferdinand and Carolina 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swept Away 2002 (Movie)

based on the screenplay ("Swept Away...by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August") (Screenplay)

Francesca and Nunziata 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ninfa Plebea 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ciao, Professore 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love and Anarchy 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saturday, Sunday and Monday 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Decimo Clandestino 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sotto, Sotto 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sotto, Sotto 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Which Way Is Up? 1977 (Movie)

from film screenplay("The Seduction of Mimi") (From Story)

Seven Beauties 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tutto a Posto e Niente In Ordine 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brother Sun, Sister Moon 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mimi Metallurgico Ferito Nell 'Onore 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Violent City 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Don't Sting the Mosquitoa 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This Time Let's Talk About Men 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Basilischi 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (23)

Peperoni Ripieni e Pesci in Faccia 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Ferdinand and Carolina 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Francesca and Nunziata 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Ninfa Plebea 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Ciao, Professore 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Love and Anarchy 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Saturday, Sunday and Monday 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Il Decimo Clandestino 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Sotto, Sotto 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Seven Beauties 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Tutto a Posto e Niente In Ordine 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Mimi Metallurgico Ferito Nell 'Onore 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Don't Sting the Mosquitoa 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

This Time Let's Talk About Men 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

I Basilischi 1962 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Marcello: A Sweet Life 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fellini 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)
Producer (1)

Seven Beauties 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

This European director's grotesque/comic treatments of weighty political, social and sexual themes earned her a sizeable cult following in the mid-1970s.

Relationships

Maria Santa Maria Wertmuller

Mother
left husband in 1973

Enrico Job

Husband
married in 1968

Federico Wertmuller

Father

EDUCATION

entered law school at same time as drama school, eventually dropping the former to concentrate on the latter

Stanislavskyan Academy of Theater

1951

attended, and thrown out of, numerous Catholic schools; eventually earned teacher's certificate

Milestones

1974

First producing credit, "Seven Beauties", which she also wrote and directed

1972

Came to international attention as writer and director of "The Seduction of Mimi"

1967

Had play "Due piu non fa piu quattro/Two and Two Are no Longer Four" staged by Franco Zeffirelli

1966

First collaboration with actor Giancarlo Giannini, the TV film "Rita la zanzara/Rita the Mosquito"; Wertmuller took credit under her own name only for musical sequences, taking credit for overall direction under the name George Brown

1963

Feature writing and directing debut, "I basilischi/The Lizards"

1962

Hired as assistant to Fellini on "8 1/2"

Formed Liberty Films production company with Giancarlo Giannini; first film under Liberty banner, "The End of the World... " (1978)

Acted in, managed and designed sets for stage productions, and wrote a number of scripts for TV before being introduced (by old friend actress Flora Carabella, now married to Marcello Mastroianni) to Federico Fellini

After drama school co-founded an experimental theater group, then worked with controversial puppet theater company

Bonus Trivia

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Wertmuller, presumably due to male prejudice in the Italian TV industry, took credit as George Brown for the direction of the 1966 TV film "Rita the Mosquito." (She took credit under her own name only for the musical sequences.)

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