Lina Wertmuller

  • Summer Night (Notte d’estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico, 1986)

    When an artist makes a masterpiece, it can be difficult to accept a work from that same artist that is merely good, well made, or fun.  Lina Wertmüller encountered this type of prejudice towards the films she wrote and directed in the late Seventies and beyond.  No matter how good...
  • Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze, 1975)

    The movies are an entertainment medium, but they are also an art form.  Consequently, there is a huge variance in quality, even amongst well-made films.  There are good films.  There are great films.  There are four-star films.  Then, there are those very rare films that transcend the medium and...
  • Garv’s Pick of the Week: Porky Pig 101 (Warner Archive)

    For the release week of 9/19/17: Garv’s Pick of the Week: Porky Pig 101 : Bugs Bunny wasn’t Warner Brothers‘ first animated superstar. Five years prior to the creation of the wascally wabbit, a stuttering pig without any pants put Looney Tunes on the map.  Now...
  • Garv’s Pick of the Week: Seven Beauties (Kino Lorber)

    For the release week of 9/12/17: Garv’s Pick of the Week: The best of a solid release week is Lina Wertmüller’s masterpiece of dark comedy Seven Beauties .  The incredibly expressive Giancarlo Giannini stars as a weak, cowardly, small-time Italian hood who will do whatever it...
  • Swept Away (Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto, 1974)

    Forget Christian Grey and his fifty shades, if you want to watch a sadomasochistic love story that really cooks, look no further than Lina Wertmüller’s Swept Away (1974, not to be confused with the 2002 remake of the same name).  Not only is the film better written, better acted,...
  • Kino Lorber Upcoming Round-up

    Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, Kino Classics, and Redemption in upcoming months.  Quite a bounty, if you ask me: KLSC Coming Soon: 9/5 They Shoot Horses Don’t They | The Birthday Party 9/12 Custer of the West | Krakatoa, East of...
  • Four Lina Wertmüller Blu-rays in September

    This September, Kino Lorber will release new 2K restorations of four classic films by Italian writer-director Lina Wertmüller on Blu-ray and DVD.  The titles are Swept Away (1974), Seven Beauties (1975), Summer Night (1986), and Ferdinando and Carolina (1999).  This is in addition to the three Lina Wertmüller titles, The...
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