Seven Beauties (1975)
"Pasqualino Settebellezze" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  21 January 1976 (USA)
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The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pasqualino Frafuso aka Settebellezze
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Pedro the Anarchist Prisoner
Shirley Stoler ...
The Prison Camp Commandant
Elena Fiore ...
Concettina, a Sister
Piero Di Iorio ...
Francesco - Pasqualino's comrade
Enzo Vitale ...
Don Raffaele
Roberto Herlitzka ...
Socialist
Lucio Amelio ...
Lawyer
Ermelinda De Felice ...
Pasqualino's Mother
Bianca D'Origlia ...
The Psychiatrist
Francesca Marciano ...
Carolina (as Francesca Marciani)
Mario Conti ...
Totonno '18 Carati' - Concettina's pimp
Barbara Valmorin ...
The Prison Camp Commandant's Secretary
Emilio Salvatori
Aristide Caporale ...
Madman (as Aristide Caporali)
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Pasqualino, an Italian everyman, deserts the army during World War II. Germans capture him and send him to a prison camp, where he does just about anything to survive. In lengthy flashbacks, we see him and his family of seven unattractive sisters (the seven beauties), his accidental murder of one sister's lover, his confession and imprisonment, his calculated switch to an asylum, his rape of a patient, and his volunteering to be a soldier to escape confinement. To the chagrin of his obese German captor, his weak and cowardly character enables him to survive the war and return to Naples where he has a plan to survive the next world catastrophe. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Narrator: The ones who don't enjoy themselves, even when they laugh. Oh yeah. The ones who worship the corporate image, not knowing that they work for someone else. Oh yeah. The ones who should have been shot in the cradle... Pow! Oh yeah. The ones who say 'Follow me to success, but kill me if I fail... so to speak.' Oh yeah. The ones who say we Italians are the greatest he-men on earth. Oh yeah. The ones who are noble Romans, the ones who say 'That's for me,' the ones who say 'You know what I mean.' Oh ...
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A very influential movie in my life
13 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in the late 70's and ran the entire gambit of emotions while viewing it. I never thought I could laugh at such violence and at the hideous Nazi acts of the concentration camps and at the same time feel like heaving my guts on the theatre floor. I am going to have to track down a DVD of this movie to watch it again.

As good as Shindlers list was, I found it pale by comparison to "The seven Beauties". It is a wild ride and I can not recommend this film highly enough.

What disturbs me is that I have yet to talk to another person who has seen this movie.

And a side note: Madona should be crucified for remaking Swept Away.

Charlie


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