The Seduction of Mimi (newly restored!)

A massive international hit, The Seduction of Mimi is the film in which Wertmüller found her style, a unique brew of outrageous adult grotesquerie and sexual-political satire, making it the ideal starter kit for neophytes to her oeuvre. Not only was it her first collaboration with her husband, the brilliant costumier and production designer, but, maybe even more importantly, it was her first in a run of successes with her favorite actor, Giancarlo Giannini. As a working class schlub, always kicked around the block by life – either by the Man, the mafia, or the Marxists – Giannini brings a kind of expressive sensitivity to his roles, and a kind of everyman sympathy to the most base of characters; he’s like an R-rated silent clown, falling somewhere between a Zap comic character and Charlie Chaplin. Climaxing in one of the most iconic and embarrassingly hilarious sex scenes in Wertmüller’s – or anyone’s – filmography, The Seduction of Mimi is sure to provoke – be it laughter or outrage, and sometimes both at the same time.

Dir. Lina Wertmüller, 1972, DCP, 112min

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!