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Lina Wertmuller

  • I don't think suicide is so terrible, in fact, I find it quite vital. Everybody should choose life every day. Some rainy winter Sundays when there's a little boredom, you should always carry a gun. Not to shoot yourself, but to know exactly that you're always making a choice.

    • Lina Wertmuller,
    • in New Times, vol. 6. ()
  • What is important is not that you have a defeat but how you react to it. There is always the possibility to transform a defeat into something else, something new, something strong. All the good stories, all the people we remember are the ones who do this, who make victories out of their failures. Because the victories teach nothing. The victories are not useful. They are often dangerous.

    • Lina Wertmuller,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()
  • ... if I love something I do it, and if I don't, I don't. I think that this is the most important choice that any of us can make in life, in art, in history: to do the thing you love. If you love it, it is important. If you love it then while you are doing it, you are a true expression of yourself and your time and your story. You are authentic. If you don't love it you betray not only yourself but also your history, your culture, your position in your society.

    • Lina Wertmuller,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()
  • The wonderful thing about films is how they can be understood by so many different people on so many different levels.

    • Lina Wertmuller,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()
  • To love is to be engaged is to work is to be interested is to create.

    • Lina Wertmuller,
    • in Nina Winter, Interview With the Muse ()

Lina Wertmuller, Italian director, screenwriter

(1926)

Full name: Lina Arcangela Felice Assunta von Elgg Wertmuller.