Behind the White Glasses

“In the whole history of the world, I think there have only been two great women directors, Leni Riefenstahl and Lina Wertmüller,” declares film critic John Simon minutes into Behind the White Glasses, and moments after Lina explained that she bought 5,000 pairs of her trademark glasses back in the 60′s, which she’s been cycling through ever since. With that, Lina’s two surface-level traits – she’s a woman, she wears cool glasses – are dispelled with, and documentarian Valerio Ruiz dives into the mind of one of cinema’s most unique and puzzling storytellers. We hear from frequent collaborator Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties, A Night Full of Rain, etc); Martin Scorsese gushes over Swept Away; we visit the changing landscapes of her films’ locations. But most of all, we get to hear Lina dish dirt: on her storytelling philosophy, on assistant-directing Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, and her pure love of fun at the movies.

Dir. Valerio Ruiz, 2016, DCP, 112min

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