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The Seduction of Mimi

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This 1972 film by Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties, Swept Away) is a wild farce of the Sicilian milieu. Mimi (who is a man) is forced to leave his hometown when he can no longer get work as a result of voting against the local strong arms in a "secret" ballot. In the big city he finds work, but also finds that life there is very much as corrupt as it was at home. He falls in love and has a child by his lover, and when forced to take a job in his hometown again, he must hide his lover and their son from his wife. When he is too tired to please his wife in bed after making love all day to his lover, she becomes pregnant by another man, setting off a chain of events that ultimately lead to a public revenge scene that possibly has no rival. What's even more amazing is that the film manages to portray a complex protagonist in a searing comedy. A must-see, especially if you'd like a lighter view of the same world portrayed in The Godfather. --James McGrath

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  • Actors: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Turi Ferro, Agostina Belli, Luigi Diberti
  • Directors: Lina Wertmüller
  • Writers: Lina Wertmüller
  • Producers: Daniele Senatore, Romano Cardarelli
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1572522453
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Seduction of Mimi" on IMDb

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
Saludos, Rolando
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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
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