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Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 - Fri, Oct 25, 2019
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Presented in collaboration with Genoma Films and the Sardegna Film Commission Foundation

Lina Wertmüller has always played by her own rules. Her fascination with disorder, politics, religion and controversy as well as her rebellious nature began at an early age when, as a teenager, she managed to get herself expelled from 15 Catholic schools. Thus, it should come as no surprise that few people - male or female - have stirred up as much controversy as this outspoken and remarkable filmmaker. In the 1970s, American film critics lined up pro (John Simon, Vincent Canby) and con (Molly Haskell) about Wertmüller, while back home, Italian journalists dubbed her “Santa Lina di New Yor”" for her rapturous reception in the Big Apple.

After an early career working and writing for radio, television and theater, Wertmüller signed on as Fellini's assistant on 8 1/2. She left during shooting (taking some of his crew with her!) to make her first film, THE LIZARDS, in 1963, becoming one of the first women in Italy to write and direct a feature. Wertmüller and the already acclaimed young stage actor Giancarlo Giannini first collaborated in 1966, although their friendship began a few years earlier. The pair made eight films, including THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI, LOVE & ANARCHY and SWEPT AWAY, that still stand among the finest director-actor combinations on film. Giannini also starred in her undisputed masterpiece, SEVEN BEAUTIES, which garnered Wertmüller the distinction of being the first woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

Despite varying subject matter, all of Wertmüller’s films burst out at the audience in a mad rush of sex, slapstick, political debate and sputtering obscenity, like a raunchy comic opera played out against the terrible history of the 20th century, making her one of the most distinct voices of world cinema.

Series compiled by Gwen Deglise and Chris LeMaire.

We are thrilled to welcome Lina Wertmüller to the Aero Theatre!
Aero TheatreSun, Oct 20, 2019 - Fri, Oct 25, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Sun, Oct 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Director Lina Wertmüller In Person!
Fri, Oct 25, 2019 - 7:30pm
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