Seven Beauties

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Product Overview

The story of a petty thief who lives off the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost.

Specifications

Studio Koch International
SKU 202192541
UPC 741952306290
UPC 14 00741952306290
Format DVD
Keywords
Action
Black Comedy
Essential Cinema
Italy
Prison/Prisoners
Recommended
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note Giancarlo Giannini portrays Pasqualino, a suave, street wise Italian hood who uses his wits in order to survive World War II and a Nazi prison camp. Lina Wertmuller's acclaimed film successfully shifts tone several times, from comic to tragic, from drama to romance to action, always keeping a delicate balance. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actor--Giancarlo Giannini, Best (Original) Screenplay.
Plot Summary
Summary Pasqualino, otherwise known as "Seven Beauties," embodies two elements specific to the human condition: he is innately drawn towards anarchy and the urge to do whatever is needed to survive -- no matter how ugly or immoral.| The film tells two stories about Pasqualino. During World War II, Pasqualino deserts the Italian army and is captured by the Germans. He lives through his internment in the hellish concentration camp by offering sexual favors to the grotesque female commandant. She knows Pasqualino is doing it to stay alive, but plays along anyway. | Then, in flashback, we learn about his life in Naples before the war. A small-time narcissistic gangster, Pasqualino butchers a pimp who takes advantage of one of his seven sisters. Instead of honorably confessing to the gory details of the crime when he is arrested, Pasqualino pleads insanity to avoid a death sentence. He is sent to an insane asylum where he engages in more appallingly bad behavior. Later, he is forced to serve in the army.| At the end of the war, Pasqualino returns home to Naples, set to brace himself against unforeseen adversaries.| |
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[The film] carves comedic serendipity out of the torture and gore..." 09/09/2005 p.132
Directors
Lina Wertmuller
Actors
Giancarlo Giannini
Cast & Crew
Shirley Stoler - Star
Giancarlo Giannini - Star
Fernando Rey - Star
Lina Wertmuller - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1976
Catalog ID 3062
UPC 00741952306290
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 116 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Italian
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Italian
Features
DVD, Letterbox, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Giannini,Giancarlo
Label Koch Lorber Films Llc
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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