Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)1976
Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) (1976)
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Its virtuoso style, demonstrating once again Miss Wertmuller's mastery of filmmaking, is used to tell us a story that's very opaque, despairing, and bottomless.
Wertmuller is certainly in the mainstream of European film-making; her work is often cinematically beautiful and sometimes provocative. I would like to see her reduce the sweep of her canvas to explore her central themes in greater depth.
A masterclass in shifting tone. It manages to mingle humor in with the atrocities without trivializing what the Nazis are doing.
Nothing less than a grand statement will serve Wertmuller, yet she never maintains a consistent enough approach to her material to let her message work.
Audience Reviews for Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)
No doubt this was an inspiration for black comedies depicting the war in later decades. The two leads are absolutely hilarious in their mishaps in the midst of such a terrible conflict.
What would you be willing to do to ensure your survival? Would you sacrifice your honor, your body, your soul? Would you murder? Is moral ambiguity permissable during times of war? The opening film footage of Hitler, Mussoulini, the Russian fronteir, and bombings juxtaposed against the narration of a litany of 'Oh Yeahs' provides a context for these questions. If you have prostiuted and murdered in order to live, is yours a life worth living? A brilliant and damning critique!
Though the film gets sort of laborious, I appreciated Seven Beauties for constantly taking risks. It's worth it to check the movie out.
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