The Seduction of Mimi

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"He's been a husband, a lover, a cuckold and a Communist. Now he just wants to be free."
  • R
  • 1972
  • 2 hr 1 min
  • 7.3  (2,688)

The Seduction of Mimi is a 1972 Italian movie directed by Lina Wertmüller, starring Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, and Agostina Belli. The film is a social and political satire which explores issues like corruption, class conflict and social injustice in Italy during the 1970s. The story follows the life of a man named Mimi, a simple-minded and naive worker who is politically indifferent and has an enormous sexual drive.

Mimi is a laborer working on a construction site at the beginning of the film. He is carefree and content with his life until he loses his job due to a lack of documentation. He is then forced to leave his hometown in southern Italy and make his way to Turin in the north, where he hopes to find employment.

In Turin, he finds work at a factory and becomes involved with a group of communist activists. Mimi's political involvement and his sexual life become intertwined when he is seduced by a beautiful activist named Fiorella, played by Melato. When Fiorella discovers that Mimi is already married and has four children, she convinces him to divorce his wife and become a true revolutionary who is committed to the cause.

As Mimi becomes more politically involved, he is also introduced to other women who are attracted to him because of his sexual prowess. He meets both a prostitute named Rosalia and a wealthy socialite named Amalia. The plot twists and turns as Mimi tries to navigate the dangerous waters of politics and love.

The film is a biting commentary on the class struggle in Italy during the 1970s. Wertmüller uses Mimi's sexual escapades to highlight the corruption and injustices inherent in Italian politics. The film is both humorous and tragic as Mimi's attempts to better his life are constantly undermined by the corrupt and powerful.

Giannini's portrayal of Mimi is excellent, and his comic timing and energy make him the perfect choice for the role. Melato is also outstanding as the activist who seduces Mimi, and Belli is excellent as the wealthy socialite who becomes enamored with him.

The film's cinematography is also noteworthy, highlighting the stark contrast between Mimi's hometown in southern Italy and the industrial and urban landscape of Turin. The film's music, composed by Nino Rota, is also noteworthy, providing a playful and upbeat soundtrack to Mimi's adventures.

Overall, The Seduction of Mimi is an excellent film, both as a social commentary and as a comic work. It is a classic of Italian cinema and a must-see for anyone interested in political and social satire.

The Seduction of Mimi is a 1972 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 1 minute. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3.

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    7.3  (2,688)