The Seduction of Mimi (Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore) | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

The Seduction of Mimi (Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore)

Rated R 108 min. 1974

Lina Wertmuller's fifth feature, The Seduction of Mimi, stars the director's favorite leading man, Giancarlo Giannini. Giannini plays the muddler of the title, who can't keep apace with the exigencies of a cruel, callous society (this character would be honed to perfection in Wertmuller's subsequent Seven Beauties); his political and sexual ignorance land him in hot water time and again. Wertmuller devotes much of the picture's running time to lengthy monologues and diatribes involving sex and politics; the film attained notoriety for its infamous sequence of Giannini bedding an obese woman. Wertmuller won a Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in this picture. Originally titled Mimi Mettalurgio Ferito nell'Onore, the film has also been released as Mimi the Metalworker and Wounded in Honor. It was remade (very loosely) by Richard Pryor as Which Way Is Up? (1977).~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Lina Wertmüller

Writer: Lina Wertmüller

Producer: Romano Cardarelli

Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Turi Ferro, Agostina Belli, Luigi Diberti, Elena Fiore, Tuccio Musumeci, Ignazio Pappalardo, Gianfranco Barra and Livia Giampalmo

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