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Seven Beauties (Digitally Remastered Edition)

4.6 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director, Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples, Italy as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties". A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino kills the pimp who made his sister a prostitute, chops up his body and mails the pieces to different locations across the country. He is then arrested and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape by attempting to seduce a German officer.

Special Features

  • Interview with Lina Wertmuller
  • Italian film critic Carlo Lizzani

Product Details

  • Actors: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore, Piero Di Iorio
  • Directors: Lina Wertmüller
  • Writers: Lina Wertmüller
  • Producers: Lina Wertmüller, Arrigo Colombo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, Letterboxed, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3L7L4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Seven Beauties (Digitally Remastered Edition)" on IMDb

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By R. J. Marsella on August 4, 2002
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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By Galina on September 2, 2010
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Lina Wertmüller's film Seven Beauties or as it is known in the original Italian , Pasqualino Settebelleze, made the history as the very first full-length feature film, for which a female director was nominated by the Academy for Best Directing. The movie is 35 years old, but is so beautifully and creatively made, and mixes horrifying, ugly, funny and touching so perfectly that it has not become outdated and it won't be even after 100 or more years. Wertmüller made the film that both Tarantino with Inglorious Basterds and Roberto Benigni with Life is Beautiful could only dream about. I've seen thousands of movies but I can count on one hand these that made me cry, laugh, terrified and amused at the same time. Seven Beauties is one of them. In Seven Beauties, grim and shocking scenes of war and survival in a concentration camp are intermixed with memories of the protagonist, Pasqualino, nicknamed "Seven Beauties" of the pre-war Naples, about his life as a petty thief, pimp, and a wannabe Mafioso, and a guardian of his seven ugly as hell sisters' family honor. That's where the irony of the film's title comes from. I must say that for a film with such an abundance of beautiful women in the title, Lina Wertmüller surpassed Federico Fellini who was just as mesmerized with the ugliness as he was with beauty, and often inhabited his films with the grotesque figures. I guess Wertmuller learned a lot from Fellini whom she met through Marcello Mastroianni and worked as an assistant on the set of 8 1/2 in 1962. I also think that only a woman can highlight inadequacies and unattractiveness of the other women so eloquently as in Wertmüller's film.Read more ›
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What will one do to stay alive? What atrocities will one commit just to exist another day? These are the basic questions Lina Wertmuller asks in this powerful movie. Giancarlo Giannini plays an Italian full of false bravura who is captured by the Germans during WW II and sent to a concentration camp. The conditions are atrocious, and the camp is run by a fat Nazi woman. But he concocts a scheme for self-survival: he tells her he loves her and wants to make love to her. This backfires because after she takes him up on his offer, he's ordered to butcher his own men anyway.

Wertmuller offsets these harrowing prison scenes with flashbacks to an earlier time when Giannini was a bumbling stooge for the Mafia and a skirt-chaser; these comic (though pathetic) scenes make the later ones even more devastating. He survives the war, however, though one wonders if at that price it was worth it. Giannani is excellent - all his acting is expressed in his face: he makes us feel his torment just by reading his expressions. This is very strong stuff, and the effects are lasting.
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