Seven Beauties

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Interview with Lina Wertmüller By Italian film critic Carlo Lizzani
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A small-time hood goes to a Nazi concentration camp, an insane asylum, and the Italian army in this tragic comedy under the critical eye of director Lina Wertmuller. A frequent Wertmuller leading man, Giancarlo Giannini plays Pasquale, a macho caricature who struts around Europe demoralizing himself for the sake of his family's honor. With Chaplinesque motions and exaggerated facial gestures, Giannini is wonderful as this despicable character, who embodies the false sense of dignity in male chauvinism as he is supported by his hard-working yet equally despicable seven sisters. As the assistant director for Fellini's 8 1/2, Wertmuller seems to have been influenced by that director, especially in her grotesque characters like the family of prostitutes and the dominatrix Nazi commander. Her style is completely her own, however, as she allows her characters to sink to the lowest depths of humanity for the sake of their own survival. Seven Beauties was nominated for four Academy awards in 1976, including Best Director for Wertmuller, the first woman to be nominated in that category.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • UPC: 741952306290
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Giancarlo Giannini Pasqualino Frafuso
Fernando Rey Pedro
Shirley Stoler Commandant
Elena Fiore Concettina
Lucio Amelio Lawyer
Mario Conti Totonno
Ermelinda de Felice Mother
Roberto Herlitzka Socialist
Francesca Marciano Carolina
Piero di Otio Francesco
Doriglia Palmi Doctor
Enzo Vitale Don Raffaele
Technical Credits
Lina Wertmüller Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Arrigo Colombo Producer
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Giancarlo Giannini Producer
Enzo Jannacci Score Composer
Enrico Job Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Seven Beauties
1. The Ones [4:32]
2. Deserters [5:12]
3. Mama Mia [3:01]
4. Honor [2:26]
5. Home [3:06]
6. Seven Beauties [3:14]
7. Potono [6:11]
8. Hungry [4:46]
9. Captured [3:47]
10. Groundsport [2:51]
11. A New Man [5:10]
12. A Mistake [3:58]
13. Creative Thinking [3:46]
14. Palermo, Milan & Genoa [1:58]
15. A Little Sugar [3:51]
16. Monster of Naples [3:35]
17. Trial [4:07]
18. Politics [1:23]
19. Easy Street [4:25]
20. Make an Effort [4:19]
21. Ready to Do Anything [4:39]
22. Weak [2:12]
23. Thirst for Life [1:13]
24. No Choice [7:47]
25. Alive [3:13]
26. Closing Credits [:57]
Disc #2 -- Seven Beauties - Bonus Disc
1. From Childhood to the Theatre [10:42]
2. Entering the Film World [5:56]
3. A Female Perspective [4:53]
4. The Giannini Collaboration [8:08]
5. Success in Cinema [11:00]
6. Conceiving Seven Beauties [5:46]
7. Loving My Children [4:05]
8. Working in America [7:17]
9. Latest Projects [19:12]
10. End Credits [:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Seven Beauties
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: Italian Mono
      Audio: Italian 2.0 Stereo
      Audio: Italian 5.1 Surround
      Audio: English Mono
      Audio: English 2.0 Stereo
      Audio: English 5.1 Surround
      Subtitles: English Subtitles - On
      Subtitles: English Subtitles - Off
   Koch Lorber Films Online
Disc #2 -- Seven Beauties - Bonus Disc
   Lina Wertmuller Interview
   Scene Selections
   Lina Wertmuller Trailer Gallery
      Swept Away
      Summer Night
      Ferdinando and Carolina
      The Nymph
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Film Masterpiece

    Listed by many as one of the greatest films ever made. Ms. Wertmuller is at her creative peak, and uses Mr. Gianinni's expressive eyes to reflect the horrors of WWII. For Americans, a chance to see that war from the point of view of a small time Italian gangster, adrift in a sea of inhumanity beyond his comprehension. But Ms. Wertmuller manages to send laughter through the tears, providing a human anchor for all to grasp. Don't miss this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    Pasqaulino - Nietsche's ''Superman''??!!

    For anyone who loves Lina Wertmuller's style (see also, ''Swept Away''), this film offers a dark and foreboding study of human life, utilizing the horrors of Nazi attrocities as a backdrop. Giancarlo Giannini is fabulous (and despicable) playing the role of a small-time gangster of Naples, who struggles constantly to assert himself in face of bitter misfortune. A one-man struggle against himself, Pasqaulino overcomes vanity, and pride in order to commit unspeakable acts - just to survive. A dark and unprecedented piece.

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