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THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI
MIMI METALLURGICO FERITO NELL'ONORE
1972, Kino Lorber, 121 min, Italy, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

Giancarlo Giannini stars as a hapless laborer who is booted out of his job when he votes for the wrong candidate in the local election. After leaving his sexually reticent wife and extended family to look for work in Turin, he falls madly in love with a beautiful young communist played by Mariangela Melato (SWEPT AWAY). Transferred back to his hometown, Giannini begins a complicated and chaotic double life, quickly discovering that balancing love and politics, Mafia and the family is an impossible task.


UGLY, DIRTY AND BAD
BRUTTI, SPORCHI E CATTIV
1976, Film Movement, 115 min, Italy, Dir: Ettore Scola

Ettore Scola earned a Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this tragicomic portrait of a very dysfunctional family. Patriarch/slumlord Giacinto Mazzatella (Nino Manfredi) lives in a Roman ghetto, sharing a tiny shack with a legion of relatives. Giacinto has money from an accident settlement, but doesn’t share it with his family; when he starts spending it on a prostitute, his wife and sons plot against him. This gleefully offensive film was also released as DOWN AND DIRTY. In Italian with English subtitles.


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