Synopsis

Lina Wertmuller

Behind the White Glasses is the story about Lina Wertmüller’s life and career. First woman in the world to receive a nomination for the Academy Award as best director for her masterpiece Seven beauty (Pasqualino Settebellezze, 1975).

From the unpublished pictures taken in Cinecittà when she was Federico Fellini’s assistant director for in 8 1⁄2 , the documentary takes us to the places were her most famous films were set , revealing the artistic and human universe of a woman who with her unfailing irony and taste for the grotesque, has left her mark in all fields entertainment in which she worked: cinema, drama, television, music. The journey is accompanied by many exclusive interviews with the artists who witnessed her intense and constantly evolving career.

Among them Giancarlo Giannini, Marina Cicogna, Sophia Loren and many foreign talents like Harvey Keitel, Nastassja Kinski and film critic John Simon. The film features a long series of unreleased videos, images and songs written by Lina Wertmüller. “Behind the white glasses” is a personal poetic portrait by Valerio Ruiz, who was her assistant director and very close collaborator.