7 Beauties: The Films of Lina Wertmüller
All Screwed Up
Dir. Lina Wertmüller, Italy, 1974, DCP, 108 min., Italian w/English subtitles
Arriving with nothing but the clothes on their backs, two Southern country boys—Gigi (Luigi Diberti) and Carletto (Nino Bignamini)—travel north to get work in Milan, join the labor movement and live in a communal home with other migrant workers, including some combative love interests. Their dreams of wealth devolve into a series of slapstick adventures, from an uproarious attempt at petty crime to the daily indignities of life in a restaurant kitchen. A pointed satire that skewers the illusion of upward mobility, All Screwed Up is essential viewing for Wertmüller fans. With exuberant and biting performances, it's a comedy whose laughs stick in your throat.