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Man in Disorder: The Cinema of Lina Wertmller in the 1970s (Troubador Italian Studies) by Grace Russo Bullaro
ISBN: 190588639X
ISBN13: 978-1905886395
Author: Grace Russo Bullaro
Book title: Man in Disorder: The Cinema of Lina Wertmller in the 1970s (Troubador Italian Studies)
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Pages: 160 pages
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (January 11, 2007)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1585 kb
Size ePub version: 1911 kb
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Category: Movies

The phenomenal success of film director Lina Wertmüller in the 1970s has made her an icon of Italian cinema. Yet surprisingly and inexplicably, over the years there has been no full length in-depth critical study of the four films that made her reputation not only in Italy and the United States, but internationally as well. The Seduction of Mimi, Love and Anarchy, Swept Away and Seven Beauties represent the apex of Wertmüller's art. Man in Disorder: The Cinema of Lina Wertmüller in the 1970s perceptively examines these four films in the cultural context of the place and time where she had her greatest success: the United States in the 1970s. This is a book that is therefore long overdue, and has been eagerly awaited by the many fans and critics of Wertmüller's work who remember the excitement and controversies that the zany and passionate director's political comedies created in the 1970s. This dynamic film director is still as controversial and prolific as ever in many countries, directing and producing works as disparate as opera, ballet and Shakespearean plays, as well as her trademark comedies of social commentary. In Italy she is a beloved ubiquitous presence in film and television and on stage. What's more, in the United States, many people who fondly remember her dark comedies still ask: Whatever happened to Lina Wertmüller? This book will answer that question... and many more.

Books reviews
Xisyaco
This book was quite entertaining for my daily trips to work. I really enjoyed Grace Russo Bullaro's in depth analysis of the four Lina Wertmuller films discussed in this book. Like Wertmuller's films, the book covered a wide range of issues and Russo clearly did a good deal of research to support her take on the work of a master film maker. At the book's conclusion, I found myself feeling I better understood Wertmuller's work and had a bigger appreciation for it. The best part for me was the interview with Wertmuller at the end. Very insightful. I definitely recommend this book.
Chi
You don't have to be familiar with the cinema of Lina Wertmuller, one of Italy's most controversial directors, to enjoy this intelligent and absorbing book. The author skillfully guides you through an exploration of Wertmuller's four huge box office hits of the 1970s commenting on and elucidating Wertmuller's trenchant social criticism. Scholarly yet still entertaining (a rare combination of writing virtues), this is a must read book that will leave you with a greater understanding of why Wertmuller became the first woman director to be nominated for an Oscar. On a lighter note, the book is complemented by fascinating photos of Wertmuller directing her perennial stars, Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato. You won't be disappointed.
Arith
If you remember Italian director Lina Wertmuller's biting commentary in 1970s films such as Swept Away, The Seduction of Mimi and Seven Beauties, you've probably wondered, whatever happened to her? And you've probably wondered why there were no full length books written about her films. Well, here finally is a long-awaited gem. This is a well constructed and invaluable book that although written by a scholar, and therefore impeccably researched, is also entertaining and "readable." This book is a testament to Russo-Bullaro's intelligent, eloquent but approachable style of writing and I recommend it highly to all readers. It also includes an interview with Lina Wertmuller that the author did right before publication (2006) and brings the reader up to date with what the director has been doing and how her ideas have changed since the 1970s.
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