Lina Wertmüller, first woman nominated for an Oscar for best director, died at 93

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His 1975 film ‘Seven Beauties’ won four Oscar nominations, including Best Foreign Language Film.



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Lina Wertmüller, the first female director to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director, has died in her Rome home at the age of 93. His death was widely reported in the Italian press, including La Republica.

Wertmüller began to work in the theater before turning to the cinema thanks to a mutual acquaintance which made him discover Federico Fellini. She started her film career in the 1960s with her first feature film the basilisks. She gained international fame in the 1970s, with films such as Mimi’s seduction and Swept.

His 1975 film seven beauties won four Oscar nominations, including Best Director as well as Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor for Giancarlo Giannini, and Best Writing (original screenplay). This nod to her directing made Wertmüller the first woman to be nominated for this Oscar, a feat that would not be repeated until 1993 when Jane campion was nominated for The piano.

After the appointment, Wertmüller signed a four-film contract with Warner Bros. in order to break into the English-language film scene. his beginnings A night full of rain unfortunately had little success, which led the company to cancel the deal. However, Wertmüller continued to work into the 1980s.



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Wertmüller is currently the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest film title, Un fatto di sangue nel comune di Siculiana fra due uomini per causa di una vedova. Si sospettano moventi politici. Amore-Morte-Shimmy. Belle of Lugano. Tarantella. Tarallucci e vino. The title of this movie has been shortened to bloody quarrel for its international release.

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She received an Honorary Academy Award in 2019 as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She continued to work in the theater before her death. She was married to an art designer Enrico Job passed away in 2008. Both are survived by an adopted daughter.


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