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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 overview, first billed only:
Giancarlo Giannini ... Pasqualino Frafuso aka Settebellezze
Fernando Rey ... Pedro
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.

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Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Giancarlo Giannini's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. 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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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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The wild twists and turns of an indomitable human spirit
29 December 2005 | by stannotuttibeneSee all my reviews

Wertmueller has created a wonderful, rich and full portrait of a petty criminal whose life takes a series of severe and life changing turns. While the character of Pasqualino (Giannini)is presented as a 'cafone' (clown), his life's situation is one that is sympathetic. As we follow the course of this period of his life, we see Pasqualino's character change from insignificant ne'er-do-well into an Everyman caught up in the horrors and inhumanity of war.

Giannini portrays his character from start to finish with all the authenticity that he brings to all of his work. As Pasqualino, he plays the clown, the would-be criminal, inmate, soldier but above all a man surviving by his wits and to the best of his ability in the insane situation of war.

The defining scene of Pasqualino's spirit takes place during his German captivity as he stands, with hands on head (after refusing to inform on his fellow POWs), singing 'Maria' in his guttural, gritty voice. This simple yet powerful scene touches every heart as Pasqualino's fight for human dignity is clear.

Once again, Wertmueller has given us a capsule of Italian life during a horrendous period of history and has made it relevant to us all, for all time.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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