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All Screwed Up

(Tutto a posto e niente in ordine)
Italy 1974. Dir: Lina Wertmüller. 108 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! The immediate predecessor of big-splash, big-scandal Swept Away in provocateur Lina Wertmüller’s filmography is the director’s only movie of the period not to star favourite leading man Giancarlo Giannini. All Screwed Up is a sprawling, satirical tragicomedy set in the Northern industrial city of Milan, where a group of young migrants from Italy’s rural South has come looking for work, love, and a better life. What they find is mostly economic exploitation and sexual degradation, as they endure dreadful dead-end jobs and the vicissitudes of modern romance à la Wertmüller. The film's flamboyant mélange of sex and politics includes a slummy workers’ commune run by an overbearing prostitute; a bad-taste ballet in a slaughterhouse; and a comic, caustic view of modern industry reminiscent of Chaplin's Modern Times. “Exuberantly funny ... Watching All Screwed Up is to be witness to a giant talent” (Vincent Canby, New York Times).