Seven Beauties

Seven Beauties

Seven Beauties

Arrested for murder, a petty thief is later sent to fight in the army in this comedic Oscar-nominated war drama. Filmmaker Lina Wertmüller made history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards.

1975116 minsItaly
ComedyDramaWarClassic
Director:
Lina Wertmüller ('The Basilisks', 'Swept Away', 'Camorra')
Writer:
Lina Wertmüller
Cast:
Giancarlo GianniniFernando ReyShirley StolerElena Fiore

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Seven Beauties | Reviews

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Confrontational and uncompromising, the narration instantly roots the film historically in the 1940s while also introducing Wertmüller’s irreverent reconciliation of Italian history and contemporary sexual politics.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

Giannini's character is a facistic Little Tramp who swallows whatever bull is thrown at him. The picture made a lot of money, proving desensitized audiences were looking for goofball black comedy pratfalls, mixed in with a soupcon of perversion and cruelty. Things haven't changed much since then.

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Time Out

Time Out

Much of it is fifth-rate slapstick, decked out in gaudy sub-Ken Russell style with the occasional interpolation of gruesome or violent images, plus some nudgingly insistent music.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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.

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