CAMORRA (A STORY OF STREETS, WOMAN AND CRIME) [UN COMPLICATO INTRIGO DI DONNE, VICOLI E DELITTI]

11/22/2020 12:00 noon – Caligari FilmBühne

Italy/United States 1985 105 min Italian original version with German and French subtitles

by Lina Wertmüller

Script: Lina Wertmüller, Elvio Porta, DoP: Giuseppe Lanci, Editor: Luigi Zitta, Production: Italian International Film, Producers: Fulvio Lucisano, Menahem & Yoram Golan, Cast: Àngela Molina, Harvey Keitel, Isa Danieli, Paolo Bonacelli, Elvio Porta

Former sex worker Annunziata now runs a hostel in Naples. When a former John becomes overly pushy, he meets an untimely end, dead as a doornail with a needle in his scrotum. The police begin to investigate, but they run up against a wall of silence. More deaths soon follow. The evidence at first seems to point to rival Camorra clans, that is, until a group of women claim credit for the murders. Lina Wertmüller assembles her characteristically lurid mix of characters in CAMORRA in the service of a portrait of Southern Italian society in the struggle against organised crime, drug trafficking and the patriarchy. An equally clever and entertaining farce about male vanity, combative females and a Naples that refuses to be kept down.

Realised in co-operation with the festival for Italian cinema Verso Sud, which together with Kinothek Asta Nielsen is planning an homage to Lina Wertmüller and the work of other female filmmakers from Southern Italy in Frankfurt am Main from late November.

Lina Wertmüller, born in 1928, began as an assistant to Federico Fellini (among others at LA DOLCE VITA). From 1963, she directed numerous films. From the 1970s, she gained international recognition with films like THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI (1972). Afterwards, she worked continuously for film and television. In 2004, Wertmüller made her last film to date.

Filmography (selection): 1972 THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI, 1973 LOVE AND ANARCHY, 1975 SEVEN BEAUTIES, 1985 CAMORRA (A STORY OF STREETS, WOMEN AND CRIME)

Awards (selection): Interfilm Award – Otto Dibelius Film Award (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany 1986), four Italian Film Awards “David di Donatello” (Academy of Italian Cinema, Rome/Italy 1986)

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