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Director: Lina Wertmüller Run Time: 113 min. Release Year: 1972 Language: Italian

Starring: Agostina Belli, Giancarlo Giannini, Livia Giampalmo, Luigi Diberti, Mariangela Melato

THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI is a raucous sex comedy that brought international fame to director Lina Wertmuller (Swept Away).

Giancarlo Giannini (Love and Anarchy) gives a wonderfully comic performance as the sad sack Mimi, a Sicilian laborer whose refusal to vote for the Mafia’s candidate leads him to lose his job, his wife and his home. At rock bottom, he revives his spirits by falling in love with the beautiful, radical Fiorella (Mariangela Melato), with whom he starts a new life as a reliable husband and father. But the past comes back to haunt him, piling on comical complexities as all his energies surge into defending his honor, an obsession that has horrendous but hilarious consequences.

A blistering satire of Italy in the 1970s, THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI takes aim at a corrupt government, compromised labor leaders and the Neanderthal sexual politics of men in power, with uproarious results.

“A more scathing indictment & critique of the then-modern Italy than Pasolini’s Salò, made more radical by virtue of hiding its contempt beneath a veneer of genial farce. The film is funny when it needs to be, but it’s also challenging, disturbing & grotesque. Wertmüller pulls no punches in the film’s ridiculing of corrupt political systems, the influence of the Church & the mafia, the buffoonery of hyper-masculinity.” – Lights in the Dusk

Who says leftist politics, ideas and musings can’t make for absolutely poignant comedy and balls to the wall farce. This film had me in tears laughing while also showing the dynamics of true leftist conviction versus toxic individualist focus. Its a hilarious tragicomedy that proves Wertmuller is a genius. Best Giannini performance and Melato is as incredible as ever” – Mtume Grant, mubi

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