SEVEN BEAUTIES
PASQUALINO SETTEBELLEZZE
1976, Kino Lorber, 115 min, Italy, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

One of the most pivotal films of the 1970s, SEVEN BEAUTIES received Academy Award nomination in the categories of Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Foreign-Language Film. The film is the grotesquely funny story of Pasqualino Settebellezze, a small-time crook and ladies’ man who fumbles his way through the atrocities of World War II. Giancarlo Giannini's Academy Award-nominated performance is sheer genius. He is a “Chaplinesque Valentino,” a silent film clown who thinks he is a matinee idol, with his combination of arrogance and eloquence; serenity and disorder. Wertmüller's direction, from the perfumed vaudeville of Pasqualino's prime to the Grand Guignol of the concentration camps, is simply astonishing.


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