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Seven Beauties (1975)

Pasqualino Settebellezze (original title)
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pasqualino Frafuso aka Settebellezze
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Pedro the Anarchist Prisoner
Shirley Stoler ...
The Prison Camp Commandant
Elena Fiore ...
Concettina, a Sister
Piero Di Iorio ...
Francesco - Pasqualino's comrade
Enzo Vitale ...
Don Raffaele
Roberto Herlitzka ...
Socialist
Lucio Amelio ...
Lawyer
Ermelinda De Felice ...
Pasqualino's Mother
Bianca D'Origlia ...
The Psychiatrist
Francesca Marciano ...
Carolina (as Francesca Marciani)
Mario Conti ...
Totonno '18 Carati' - Concettina's pimp
Barbara Valmorin ...
The Prison Camp Commandant's Secretary
Emilio Salvatori
Aristide Caporale ...
Madman (as Aristide Caporali)
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Storyline

Pasqualino, an Italian everyman, deserts the army during World War II. Germans capture him and send him to a prison camp, where he does just about anything to survive. In lengthy flashbacks, we see him and his family of seven unattractive sisters (the seven beauties), his accidental murder of one sister's lover, his confession and imprisonment, his calculated switch to an asylum, his rape of a patient, and his volunteering to be a soldier to escape confinement. To the chagrin of his obese German captor, his weak and cowardly character enables him to survive the war and return to Naples where he has a plan to survive the next world catastrophe. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 January 1976 (USA)  »

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1.66 : 1
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The ratio of film shot to film actually used in the final cut was 50 to 1. See more »

Quotes

Pasqualino Frafuso: You'll never take Pasqualino Seven-Beauties! Never will you be able to take him alive!
Policeman: [seizing him] Stop bragging.
Pasqualino Frafuso: So I'm wrong.
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a beauty of a film
13 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

With "Pasqualino Settebellezze" (called "Seven Beauties" in English), Lina Wertmuller directed what may have been her greatest movie ever. Giancarlo Giannini plays Pasqualino Frafuso, who fancies himself the coolest guy in town in 1930s Italy. Through a series of crazy events, he ends up in jail. Since it's the era of Mussolini, most of the people behind bars are political prisoners. Then, he gets sent off to fight in the war. Captured by the Nazis, he stays alive by having an affair with the cruel Nazi woman who runs the camp.

This is a movie that will leave you laughing because of the mishaps that land Pasqualino in jail, but also shaken because of what he sees in the war. It is a hilarious and disturbing masterpiece.


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