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Seven Beauties
Seven Beauties
Actors: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore, Piero Di Iorio
Director: Lina Wertmüller
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
R     1998     1hr 55min

Lina Wertmüller's harrowing 1976 film stars Giancarlo Giannini as a petty crook with seven unattractive sisters to support, and it features a picaresque, World War II-era journey through a prison asylum, army service, and ...  more »


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Actors: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore, Piero Di Iorio
Director: Lina Wertmüller
Creators: Tonino Delli Colli, Lina Wertmüller, Franco Fraticelli, Arrigo Colombo
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/17/1998
Original Release Date: 01/21/1976
Theatrical Release Date: 01/21/1976
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 55min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

Great DVD transfer, oh yeah!
Miko | Jersey City, NJ United States | 10/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finally, an excellent job by Fox-Lorber (just about time, isn't it?). The image in widescreen is sharp and the colors are right. A few forgivable scratches and artifacts here and there but excellent throughout. Can't complain about the sound (mono) which is clear anyway and I think that's how it was when it was first released in theatres. The different interactive menus have music from the film which is a delight thinking that Fox-Lorber did it. Chapter searches are few (6) and far in between but that's okay (since Fox-Lorber is known for that). The only thing missing is the booklet which the company never does anyway (I wonder why). Anyway, the film is great and deserves the treatment it got for its transfer. Fascinating treatment by Wertmuller about a war-deserter who reflects on his life before he ended up in a German concentration camp. Very funny and poignant leading to a searing ending. Images show touches of Fellini whom Wertmuller studied under, yet this movie, which resonates greatness and already a classic is entirely her own. Unforgettable!"
Masterpiece !
R. J. Marsella | California | 08/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is so perfectly constructed and well acted that it should be required viewing in any film school. The use of flashback allows the action to switch from extremely funny scenes set in Naples to extremely grim depictions of life in a concentration camp. Giannini is absolutely brilliant as he struggles to maintain his exagerated sense of dignity under increasingly difficult circumstances. The concentration camp is potrayed as hell on earth- all darkness and forboding. Contrast this with colorful Naples and the liveliness of the residents. The film develops these contrasts in a way that focuses on the power of human endurance and the survival instinct. Giannini has an incredible ability to communicate the full range of human emotions with his eyes alone. A truly astounding and very funny performance. Possibly the best I've ever seen."
Boris Zubry | Princeton, NJ United States | 05/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As many other Italian movies, I saw "The Seven Beauties" for a few times. One time is never enough. Every time I saw it, I would discover more and more things (words, scenes, faces, mimics, costumes) that I did not see before or I understood them differently. As a good wine, it gets better and better than more you taste it and the more mature it gets (or you get). This film is perfect. The combination of the script, filming, acting, scenes, ideas, and music make it perfect. But Giancarlo Giannini makes it memorable."
Seven Beauties jolted my reality.
D. Howard | Ohio, USA | 08/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie frees your heart through comedy and then rips it out with tragedy. Truly a movie that exposes the soul of man, it should be required viewing for all film students.

Pasqualino Frafuso feels the behaviour of his seven sisters reflects badly on his honor so he kills a neighbor who takes one's innocence. (willingly given)

Prison, a mental hospital, the army then WW2 prison camp take so much more than his reputation.

Hilarious at times, excruciating at others, this movie MUST be seen."