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The Seduction of Mimi

(Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore)
Italy 1972. Dir: Lina Wertmüller. 112 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! Lina Wertmüller's fifth feature, a raunchy, bittersweet sex-and-politics comedy, brought the writer-director to international attention and was the first of three hits pairing Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato in the leads. Giannini is Mimi, a would-be Communist in Sicily who loses his labouring job after failing to support the Mafia’s candidate in an election. Leaving beleaguered wife Rosalia (Agostina Belli) behind, Mimi travels to Turin to look for work, and falls into a torrid affair with Fiore (Melato), a sexually-liberated anarchist. When he returns to Sicily, Mimi proves less than tolerant of Rosalia’s own liberation. “A brainy, rowdy comedy of bad manners and low politics. It moves fast” (Jay Cocks, Time). “Inventive farce comedy ... Melato is particularly outstanding, Giannini is bravissimo, and Turi Ferro is memorable in six different Mafia roles” (Variety).