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The Belle Star Story

Review Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Director, Seven Beauties (1975) stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. Something of a tool, and a tool of history, he is captured by the Germans and sent to a concentration camp, where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Outrageously funny and harrowingly sad, it is one of Lina Wertmu ller s most enduring and haunting works.

Special Features: Booklet essays by director Allison Anders and film historian Claudia Consolati, Ph.D | Excerpt from Behind the White Glasses, a documentary on Lina Wertmu ller | Interview with director Amy Heckerling | Trailers
Love and Anarchy (English Subtitled)

Review BLU-RAY BOX SET INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING FILMS:

LOVE & ANARCHY: In pre-World War II Italy, the employees of a popular Roman bordello realize that a new arrival (Giancarlo Giannini, Hannibal, Casino Royale) is planning to assassinate Mussolini. When one of the girls (Lina Polito, All Screwed Up) falls in love with the man, she's torn between saving him and saving her country. This is the film that put Italian director Lina Wertmueller (Swept Away) on the map of world cinema. Giannini won a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal.

THE SEDUCTION ON MIMI: Voting against the Mafia in what he thinks is a secret ballot costs Sicilian laborer Mimi (Giancarlo Giannini, Man on Fire, Quantum of Solace) his livelihood in Lina Wertmuller's (Swept Away) dark comedy. He leaves his wife, flees to Turin and romances a Communist organizer (Mariangela Melato, Swept Away, Flash Gordon) -- but he just can't shake the Mafia. When they lure Mimi back to Sicily with a better job, he must keep his lover -- and love child -- under wraps. That's when his wife announces she's pregnant.

ALL SCREWED UP: All Screwed Up is the exuberantly funny tale about the often tragic adventures of a group of young immigrants who have come to Milan to make their fortunes. In addition to Adelina and Carletto, there are Gigi, who drifts into a life of petty crimes, Isotta, who becomes a prostitute, and Sante and Mariuccia, who marry in bliss and, in two years, are something less than blessed with seven children (one set of twins followed by quintuplets). They all soon discover that Milan is a town where everything is in its place but nothing is in order.
The Conformist

Review Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away (1974) is Lina Wertmu ller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to survive, which culminates in a dramatic climax when they are rescued. They must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization.

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Valerio Ruiz, director of Behind the White Glasses | Booklet essays by director Allison Anders and Grace Russo Bullaro, author of Man in Disorder: The Cinema of Lina Wertmu ller in the 1970s | Excerpt from Behind the White Glasses, a documentary on Lina Wertmu ller | Interview with director Amy Heckerling | Trailers
The Night Porter

Review A snooty socialite is stranded on a Mediterranean island with a communist sailor.
Seven Beauties

Review Lizzy (Candice Bergen), a liberated American photographer, falls for narrow-minded journalist Paolo (Giancarlo Giannini). Then finds she can't live with him or without him. Bergen (Murphy Brown) and Giannini (Seven Beauties) take both comic and fierce battle stations in this colorful excursion into the male/female combat zone. So what if the world, as we learn from the TV in Lizzy and Paolo's luxurious apartment, is crashing around their ears; this is WAR!
Writer/director Lina Wertmuller relied on spontaneity and improvisation in making ...A Night Full of Rain, her first film in English.
Giannini, star of Wertmuller's groundbreaking Swept Away and Seven Beauties, was familiar with the technique, Bergen wasn't. But it worked splendidly. "Bergen gives one of the warmest and most characterful performances of her career," the Los Angeles Times hailed. When it rains, this film's two stars pour it on!

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L'Avventura (English Subtitled)

Review Summer Night is Lina Wertmu ller s outrageous, and outrageously funny, response to her own Swept Away, updated with the politics and conspicuous consumption of the 1980s. Mariangela Melato (Swept Away) stars as Signora Bolk, a self-made tycoon interested in ecological preservation. She is fed up with the terrorists who poach Italy s rich beauty, and as part of a crazy retaliation scheme she hires a former CIA agent to abduct the number one violator, Giuseppe Beppe Catania (Michele Placido). Catania is taken to her villa on a private island where he insists that as a man, he cannot go without sex. She relents and hires two prostitutes to pleasure him. Blindfolded and chained, Beppe realizes that the third woman is none other than the woman who kidnapped him and agrees to pay the $100 million but only with a twist.

Special Features: Booklet essay by Simon Abrams | Trailer
All Screwed Up

Review Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Director, Seven Beauties (1975) stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. Something of a tool, and a tool of history, he is captured by the Germans and sent to a concentration camp, where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Outrageously funny and harrowingly sad, it is one of Lina Wertmu ller s most enduring and haunting works.

Special Features: Booklet essays by director Allison Anders and film historian Claudia Consolati, Ph.D | Excerpt from Behind the White Glasses, a documentary on Lina Wertmu ller | Interview with director Amy Heckerling | Trailers
Swept Away

Review BLU-RAY BOX SET INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING FILMS:

LOVE & ANARCHY: In pre-World War II Italy, the employees of a popular Roman bordello realize that a new arrival (Giancarlo Giannini, Hannibal, Casino Royale) is planning to assassinate Mussolini. When one of the girls (Lina Polito, All Screwed Up) falls in love with the man, she's torn between saving him and saving her country. This is the film that put Italian director Lina Wertmueller (Swept Away) on the map of world cinema. Giannini won a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal.

THE SEDUCTION ON MIMI: Voting against the Mafia in what he thinks is a secret ballot costs Sicilian laborer Mimi (Giancarlo Giannini, Man on Fire, Quantum of Solace) his livelihood in Lina Wertmuller's (Swept Away) dark comedy. He leaves his wife, flees to Turin and romances a Communist organizer (Mariangela Melato, Swept Away, Flash Gordon) -- but he just can't shake the Mafia. When they lure Mimi back to Sicily with a better job, he must keep his lover -- and love child -- under wraps. That's when his wife announces she's pregnant.

ALL SCREWED UP: All Screwed Up is the exuberantly funny tale about the often tragic adventures of a group of young immigrants who have come to Milan to make their fortunes. In addition to Adelina and Carletto, there are Gigi, who drifts into a life of petty crimes, Isotta, who becomes a prostitute, and Sante and Mariuccia, who marry in bliss and, in two years, are something less than blessed with seven children (one set of twins followed by quintuplets). They all soon discover that Milan is a town where everything is in its place but nothing is in order.
The Queen of Spain

Review Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away (1974) is Lina Wertmu ller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to survive, which culminates in a dramatic climax when they are rescued. They must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization.

Special Features: Audio Commentary by Valerio Ruiz, director of Behind the White Glasses | Booklet essays by director Allison Anders and Grace Russo Bullaro, author of Man in Disorder: The Cinema of Lina Wertmu ller in the 1970s | Excerpt from Behind the White Glasses, a documentary on Lina Wertmu ller | Interview with director Amy Heckerling | Trailers
Anatomy Of A Murder

Review A snooty socialite is stranded on a Mediterranean island with a communist sailor.
Rome Open City

Review Lizzy (Candice Bergen), a liberated American photographer, falls for narrow-minded journalist Paolo (Giancarlo Giannini). Then finds she can't live with him or without him. Bergen (Murphy Brown) and Giannini (Seven Beauties) take both comic and fierce battle stations in this colorful excursion into the male/female combat zone. So what if the world, as we learn from the TV in Lizzy and Paolo's luxurious apartment, is crashing around their ears; this is WAR!
Writer/director Lina Wertmuller relied on spontaneity and improvisation in making ...A Night Full of Rain, her first film in English.
Giannini, star of Wertmuller's groundbreaking Swept Away and Seven Beauties, was familiar with the technique, Bergen wasn't. But it worked splendidly. "Bergen gives one of the warmest and most characterful performances of her career," the Los Angeles Times hailed. When it rains, this film's two stars pour it on!

When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


Bicycle Thieves

Review Summer Night is Lina Wertmu ller s outrageous, and outrageously funny, response to her own Swept Away, updated with the politics and conspicuous consumption of the 1980s. Mariangela Melato (Swept Away) stars as Signora Bolk, a self-made tycoon interested in ecological preservation. She is fed up with the terrorists who poach Italy s rich beauty, and as part of a crazy retaliation scheme she hires a former CIA agent to abduct the number one violator, Giuseppe Beppe Catania (Michele Placido). Catania is taken to her villa on a private island where he insists that as a man, he cannot go without sex. She relents and hires two prostitutes to pleasure him. Blindfolded and chained, Beppe realizes that the third woman is none other than the woman who kidnapped him and agrees to pay the $100 million but only with a twist.

Special Features: Booklet essay by Simon Abrams | Trailer

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