The Seduction Of Mimi

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

This early film by Lina Wertmuller earned her the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival and stars Giancarlo Giannini as a Sicilian metallurgist named Mimi. After refusing to vote for the Mafia candidate in a local election, Mimi loses his factory job and decides to head north for work. Although professing to be communist, he is eager to get rich,...read more

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This early film by Lina Wertmuller earned her the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival and stars Giancarlo Giannini as a Sicilian metallurgist named Mimi. After refusing to vote for the Mafia candidate in a local election, Mimi loses his factory job and decides to head north

for work. Although professing to be communist, he is eager to get rich, enjoy a life of luxury, and step on his fellow workers. Leaving behind his wife, Rosalia (Agostina Belli), whom he cruelly dominates and castigates for her infertility, Mimi finds work in Turin. There, he falls in love with

Fiore (Mariangela Melato), a virgin anarchist who bears him a child. Mimi's idyllic life in the north is sabotaged, however, by the menacing Mafia-controlled authorities who transfer him back to Sicily. A clever examination of the bonds between sexual and political power, and the differences

between the "civilized" northern Italians and the "barbaric" southerners, Wertmuller's film comes to life through Giannini's bravura performance; a macho brute and philistine, his Mimi is still a sympathetic character, more victim than victimizer. The videocassette is dubbed in English though, as

in LOVE AND ANARCHY, the image appears to have been squeezed into the television format.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This early film by Lina Wertmuller earned her the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival and stars Giancarlo Giannini as a Sicilian metallurgist named Mimi. After refusing to vote for the Mafia candidate in a local election, Mimi loses his factory… (more)

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