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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 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 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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Details

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, 14 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,962, 9 June 2017
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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

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

Narrator: The ones who don't enjoy themselves, even when they laugh. Oh yeah. The ones who worship the corporate image, not knowing that they work for someone else. Oh yeah. The ones who should have been shot in the cradle... Pow! Oh yeah. The ones who say 'Follow me to success, but kill me if I fail... so to speak.' Oh yeah. The ones who say we Italians are the greatest he-men on earth. Oh yeah. The ones who are noble Romans, the ones who say 'That's for me,' the ones who say 'You know what I mean.' Oh ...
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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

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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A Must See Masterpiece
7 June 2006 | by NYC LionSee all my reviews

I've watched this movie dozens of times in the last thirty years and it's still a treat. I just bought the new DVD version and I'm in love with Lina again.

It's a roller-coaster ride with scenes of the grotesque against visions of sublime beauty. And, Thank You, Lina, for the courtroom scene of poignant conversation without words.

The theme of the movie is simply that we too often accept survival as an excuse to abandon honor, integrity and fundamental humanity. There is a leftist tone that may put some off but that shouldn't detract from the basic message.

The simple message is told with flawless visuals, hypnotic music and acutely fine acting.

Please enjoy this important part of cinematic history.


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