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Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)1976

Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) (1976)




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Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller directs the black comedy Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties). During WWII, Pasqualino Frafuso (Giancarlo Giannini) ends up lost in a dense forest along with fellow army deserter Francesco (Piero De Orio). After they witness a mass execution by German soldiers, Francesco admits his moral opposition to the Nazis and Pasqualino reveals his criminal past in a series of flashbacks. Back in Naples, he was known as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties," a petty thief who lived off the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost. When Totonno (Mario Conti) pimps out his sister Concettina (Elena Fiore), Pasqualino kills him, chops up his body, and mails each piece across the country. He is then arrested and sent to a mental institution, where he commits sexual assault against another patient. Kicked out of the asylum, he is sent to fight in the army. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp. He then plots to make his escape by demoralizing himself in an attempt to seduce a German officer (Shirley Stoler). Seven Beauties was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1977, including Best Foreign Film.

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Giancarlo Giannini
as Pasqualino Frafuso
Shirley Stoler
as Commandant
Elena Fiore
as Concettina
Enzo Vitale
as Don Raffaele
Mario Conti
as Totonno
Piero Di Orio
as Francesco
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Critic Reviews for Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1)

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.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

September 22, 2021 | Full Review…

A masterclass in shifting tone. It manages to mingle humor in with the atrocities without trivializing what the Nazis are doing.

February 25, 2021 | Full Review…

...woefully misguided.

October 16, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Seven Beauties... clearly adheres to [Lina Wertmuller's] established pattern of creating works which are as frustrating as they are rewarding.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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!

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


Though the film gets sort of laborious, I appreciated Seven Beauties for constantly taking risks. It's worth it to check the movie out.

Andrew Fillmore
Andrew Fillmore

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