It's sometime during WWII. Italian national, Neapolitan Pasqualino Frafuso, is a big talking layabout who has grand ideas of his importance, especially in upholding the honor of his family consisting of his mother and his less than attractive seven sisters. He admits to himself that he too is less than handsome, but believes he nonetheless attracts the romantic interest of most women. It is in he upholding the honor of his sisters that he often calls himself Pasqualino Settebellezze, translated Pasqualino "Seven Beauties". Having gone AWOL from military service, he has just gotten off a train as a stowaway in an unknown locale having just met another AWOL soldier, Francesco, they believing they somewhere in Germany, which is indeed a correct assumption. In relaying his less than direct "point A to point B" story in how he arrived at this point in time to Francesco, Pasqualino tells one in which every conscious decision was what he thought would be the path of greatest ease for himself...Written by
One of two foreign language films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director in the same year, the other being Face to Face (1976). This was the first time in Oscar history in which two out of the five nominees were foreign films. This feat would not occur again until 2018 (42 years later); both Roma (2018) and Cold War (2018) were nominated for Best Director at the 91st Academy Awards in early 2019. In fact, 1976 and 2018 are the only instances in which two foreign language films were nominated for Best Director in the same year. See more »
If anyone fails to respect you, you just say you're my fiancée. Like this. Say you're engaged to Pasqualino Seven Beauties.
But I'm not your fiancée. It's false.
At the moment. But in a few years things could happen. Never try to predict the weather or the future.
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In the United States the film was shown in both a subtitled and English-dubbed versions. See more »
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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