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Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties) (1975)

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Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller directs the black comedy Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties). During WWII, Pasqualino Frafuso (Giancarlo Giannini) ends up lost in a dense forest along with fellow army deserter Francesco (Piero De Orio). After they witness a mass execution by German soldiers, Francesco admits his moral opposition to the Nazis and Pasqualino reveals his criminal past in a series of flashbacks. Back in Naples, he was known as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties," a petty thief who

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Oct 6, 1998

Koch Lorber Films

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You can't take your eyes of Giancarlo Giannini who sells the film better than it sells itself.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Nominated for five Oscars, "Seven Beauties" remains a singular example of women's cinema grappling with the tattered shreds of war to get at otherwise unspoken truths.

November 28, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Lina Wertmuller's audacious art-house hit is at once ruthless, sadistic and cynical -- it's also very funny, using its black comedy trappings to unearth laughs where none should exist.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

With final words that are both exhilarating and sad, and [a]...message that maligns wars of all types...Wertmüller has crafted a political protest out of the tenets of tragedy

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

technically flawless

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Lina Wertmuller became the first woman ever to be nominated for Best Director for this powerful, if controversial Itakian film, nominated for the foreign language Oscar.

June 14, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The film is a bleakly funny, beautifully made and deeply disturbing work.

November 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties)

What would you be willing to do to ensure your survival? Would you sacrifice your honor, your body, your soul? Would you murder? Is moral ambiguity permissable during times of war? The opening film footage of Hitler, Mussoulini, the Russian fronteir, and bombings juxtaposed against the narration of a litany of 'Oh Yeahs' provides a context for these questions. If you have prostiuted and murdered in order to live, is yours a life worth living? A brilliant and damning critique!
February 25, 2010
bookmunki

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No doubt this was an inspiration for black comedies depicting the war in later decades. The two leads are absolutely hilarious in their mishaps in the midst of such a terrible conflict.
March 14, 2014
John Ballantine

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Though the film gets sort of laborious, I appreciated Seven Beauties for constantly taking risks. It's worth it to check the movie out.
May 9, 2009
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