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Seven Beauties (1975)
"Pasqualino Settebellezze" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  21 January 1976 (USA)
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The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

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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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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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With this film, Lina Wertmüller became the first woman ever nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director. 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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Reviewing a Masterpiece
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Never before and never after Pasqualino Settebellezze, Lina Wertmuller regained her explosive ability to depict human misery. It's her best work and the best example of her dualistic thematic stories always centered on conflicting aspects of gender and politics. Her creation of the Nazi bitch surpasses all expectations about her anti feminism. A Gem!


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