Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) (1976)
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as Pasqualino Frafuso
as Don Raffaele
Critic Reviews for Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)
You can't take your eyes of Giancarlo Giannini who sells the film better than it sells itself.
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.
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.
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
Audience Reviews for Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)
This is the meaning of satire. Dry, subtle and over the top. Couldn't find a comedian today that could be more harsh and insulting than the criticism leveraged at white (namely Italian) machismo with this film.
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.
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!
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