The Seduction of Mimi

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The Seduction of Mimi
Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Produced by Romano Cardarelli
Daniele Senatore
Written by Lina Wertmüller
Starring Giancarlo Giannini
Mariangela Melato
Turi Ferro
Agostina Belli
Music by Piero Piccioni
Cinematography Dario Di Palma
Edited by Franco Fraticelli
Release dates
19 February 1972
Running time
121 min
Country Italy
Language Italian

Mimí metallurgico ferito nell'onore (1972) is an Italian language film directed by Lina Wertmüller, starring Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato. It was released in the United States as The Seduction of Mimi, although a literal translation of the title would be "Mimi the metalworker, wounded in honor". The film was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Set in both Sicily and mainland Italy, the film follows the adventures of a man nicknamed Mimi, who is asked to rig a local election. Instead, he votes for a Communist representative. To get away from the Mafia, he leaves his wife and falls for and lives with a female political activist. Soon, other situations happen that leave Mimi questioning the life he has and what he will do next.

The screenplay was adapted, very loosely, for the 1977 film Which Way Is Up? starring Richard Pryor.



Giancarlo Giannini starred in three other films Wertmuller made during this period: Love and Anarchy, Swept Away and Seven Beauties.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Seduction of Mimi". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 

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