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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.

Director:

Lina Wertmüller
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German | Neapolitan | Spanish

Release Date:

21 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Beauties See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,536, 16 April 2017

Gross USA:

$12,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,408
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Medusa Distribuzione See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Features Giancarlo Giannini's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Quotes

Pasqualino Frafuso: [while looking out of his jail cell] A rotten comedy, a lousy farce... called living.
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Alternate Versions

In the United States the film was shown in both a subtitled and English-dubbed versions. See more »

Connections

Edited into Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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Seven Beauties was my favorite film for 20 years
17 January 2002 | by OakCliffSee all my reviews

I saw "Seven Beauties" when I was in college back in 1976. It immediately became my favorite film and stayed that way for 20 years. Now that I am older, I have moved it down the list a bit, but I still love it. I especially love the music and the music scenes. For 20 years I searched for a soundtrack album but never found it. Finally, my brother recommended the obvious: rent the movie and copy the music to an audio tape. The music I am thinking of is in three scenes: the opening montage with the "Oh, yeah" song (which works much better in Italian--don't bother with the dubbed version); the strolling/strutting around the town scene (music only, no lyrics, no dialogue); and the court scene (music only, no lyrics, no dialogue). Those three scenes will stay with me the rest of my life.


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