The Quad cinema to honor Oscar-nominated filmmaker
Filmmaker Lina Wertmüller was the first female director ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, thanks to her overseeing of 1975’s Seven Beauties, and in a 1976 New York magazine cover story, she was hailed as “the most important film director since Ingmar Bergman.” The Italian auteur became such a well-known figure that she was even impersonated by Laraine Newman on Saturday Night Live. Now, Manhattan’s newly relaunched Quad Cinema is paying tribute to Wertmüller with a retrospective called Lina Wertmüller: Female Trouble.
The retrospective begins on April 14 with a 930pm screening of Seven Beauties introduced by Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless director Amy Heckerling. Other films being screened include 1974’s Swept Away (later remade by Guy Ritchie with Madonna in the lead role), and 1987’s Sophia Loren-starring Blood Feud. The retrospective boasts world premieres of new restorations from Kino Lorber and rare imported 35mm prints. The Quad will also be showing a documentary about Wertmüller called Behind the White Glasses, which features interviews with Loren, Rutger Hauer, and Martin Scorsese, among others.
Lina Wertmüller: Female Trouble runs at the Quad Cinema, April 14-April 30 and tickets are available from the cinema’s official website. Watch the exclusive trailer for the retrospective, above.