10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2007
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This broad, clever satire on male hypocrisy and social convention is priceless, if you love the mournful comic countenance of actor Giannini, as I do. His Mimi is an artful creation, an ignorant, impetuous, bumbling fool you can't help but love. The machinations he undergoes to get back at his spouse will amaze and amuse. Don't miss the scene when the fat lady disrobes- it's deservedly the stuff of cinematic legend.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 1998
A man that wants everything, and ends up with nothing. Mimi, the laborer, is seduced into working for the Mafia - which he hates and fears - to pay for his extramarital affairs.
A well made film of high caliber. Thoroughly enjoyable and remarkably light hearted for an otherwise somber topic. A must for the serious movie buff.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2008
For: The Seduction of Mimi (1972)
Studio: Fox Lorber (A Winstar Company)
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
One Star for the DVD: To produce a cheep widescreen version - Fox Lorber Home Video has taken the movie's full frame image version and has cropped off the top and bottom part of the image. Fox Lorber simply removed part of the image just to please those of us who prefer the widescreen format. Many times during the movie the bright light will bleed over into the black cropped bars producing a glowing horizontal line within the black bars.
Five Stars for the Movie: A great movie! I cannot wait to buy a new DVD release of his movie that is Restored, Digitally Re-mastered and presented in its true original aspect ratio. Until then I will just have to settle for this piece of junk DVD transfer that I just paid $31.50 for.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2010
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A comical and satirical tryst! Delight in Wertmuller's trademark themes of politics and sex. This film adds the differences between Northern and Southern Italy and honor to the mix. The seduction is politically oriented, as you will see with the hilariously, ubiquitous presence of the Mafia. Sicilian concepts of a man and his honor is revealed in Mimi's relationship with his wife, his mistress, his wife's lover's wife, which all somehow become convoluted with politics. Wertmuller, Giannini, and Melato have not reached their heights, but all of the elements of their later masterworks are present in this film.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lina Wertmuller is amazing. I don't love everything that she did (and still have to track down some of her films), but she is a force of nature, and someone who can mix comedy and serious subjects with the best of them. The performances in this film are hilarious, but also powerful and memorable. It kind of plays like a work from the silent era in ways, with its cascading frames of reference and the protagonist trying to undo the mess he's made, while it skewers the male world that has produced them. Laugh out loud funny in many sections, this is a great movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2013
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The brilliant actor Giancarlo Giannini does his best to play Mimi, a bumbling, not too smart but lovable fool who does not hesitate to participate unwisely in activities like sex and politics, then lecture others on that which he has not mastered. The movie gets these ideas across through a series of events that knit together as a sometimes hilarious farce, punctuated with threats of bodily harm to Mimi as he is tortured by heartfelt desires to be a loyal communist tempered by his desires to stay alive and prosper made possible by his faking loyalty to the Mafia. The movie is funny enough, but falls blow the quality of Wertmuller's "Swept Away" and far below her "Seven Beauties."
on October 13, 2014
This comical farce is a perfect vehicle to expose our misguided "machismo." Growing up in a Latin culture you are inculcated, from an early age, with the cult of machismo; you had to be "bien macho" in order to avoid the poundings and receive the admiration from the equally misguided women.
Lina Wertmuller and Giancarlo Giannini did a masterful job of presenting the problem, studying the solutions, and applying the "cure" to ensure the continued respect of his peers. Then, they go a step further by exploring the limits of a man's willingness to survive at any cost, and the sacrifices he will make when captured by the German army. They show that nothing is sacred as life and therefore, no sacrifice is too big. Finally, that we humans quickly forget the travails of life and return to our habits. Yes, it is a great film.
on December 18, 2013
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A very ethnic comedy depicting the inner soul of the average Italian prople with humanity and humor. Each time I watch it, I discover something new
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2000
After purchasing this DVD, and loving it, I still have a disturbing question: is this the same theatrical release version, which, according to Wertmuller, was criminally cut by New Line Cinema (the original distributor) by up to forty minutes? Do I have to go to Italy to find out?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
I am profoundly shocked that this movie has had the attention of only 9 reviews......
Perhaps it isn't the "masterpiece" that "Swept Away" and other titles that escape me right now is, but it is still a film of acutely observed behavior in all its complexities.
The Plot? Well, you might want to have your notepad if you are to describe it, simply because Ms. Wertmuller baffles us with an incredibly RICH and "complicated" sequence of events.
You might find MIMI, the protagonist of this product (played exceptionally by Giancarlo Gianinni) to basically be an opportunist, but that would over-simplify the many facets of his character.
Taking place among the lowliest of Sicilians,screaming, demanding, berating, manipulating each other, this is not so much about Sicilians in itself, but about humankind's most primitive urges--------those that have been "tamed" by "polite" society (what's that?)but that are here with us, very much alive. All that has changed, perhaps, is the mode of expression.
Grotesque MACHISMO------that which includes WOMEN, as well, in its posessiveness, is one of the themes of this farcical film that rarely has you laughing out loud, but that, better than that reminds you of our weaknesses, vices, and insane double standards when it comes to issues like monogamy vs. promiscuity, the CHARLATAN that lives within most of us, and an important issue of why COMMUNISM was a complete failure: CONSUMERISM.
Mimi, and what comes to be his beautiful lover, are "in love" with the "ideals" of a classless society, but THINGS like a simple car slowly crush Mimi's ideals, perhaps because there is never a truly profound desire or understanding of all that they are immersed in.
The MAFIA is really in control of entire areas of Society, and indeed Government, and that creates a problem for the "ETERNAL" weakness of people towards the "practical" needs of everyday: MONEY...........
Honor, in all its brutal, phony example, is another area that dominates the film.
I am almost afraid to point out what many have said before (and this is not moralizing): women say NO too much. In such an oppressive, clannish society where everyone knows all your moves, it is a bit of a necessity since women are either WHORES or virginal ideals, but the fact of the matter is that these things continue today.....Perhaps SOME women are "entirely" in charge of their sexuality, but the example of the movie, and of 21st century Western Society places women in blunt terms (but little moralizing) of what is basically a group of hypocrites who demand to be loved, to be placed on a platform, really, in order to give in to sex (and PLEASE remind yourselves that I am GAY).
Ms. Wertmuller seems to be above all this, a neutral observer who is the very antithesis of a political, cultural, sexual,FANATIC. Instead, her magic may be in that she shows us the many, many shades that carry humanity throughout a lifetime, and the very "choices" one must make in order to deal with our own primitive side, our "socialized" being, and the pull of tradition and historical context in which every human being finds themselves. Not much space for so-called FREE WILL, the eternal mystery of our lives.
That's a lot for a movie to "teach" us. But even though this is not a masterpiece, it will have your mind preoccupied in all its bizarre imaginings that it BRILLIANTLY "reveals" to us---- that is, if you are one who ponders the nature of our very being.