Seven Beauties is a rip-roaring dark comedy that makes things that really shouldn't be funny (like the Holocaust) into gold mines of comedy. Yes, it is gross, disgusting, perverse, and really politically incorrect but it's also a glorious film. And in the last half hour Wertmuller pulls the rug out from under the audience and punches us in the gut with pure humanity. It's a masterpiece, oh yeah!
one of the greatest films of the 70s along with love and anarchy. wertmuller evidently learned a great deal from her work with fellini. in an instant she swings from riotous humor to devastating horror without missing a beat. great soundtrack too. should be part of The Canon but maybe it's better that they haven't got their big meaty claws on Wertmuller yet
8 - I could go on and on about all the times when the humor didn't quite click with me, or when I found the dialogue to be a little bit too on the nose and moralistic to be effectively satirical. And yet, I love this film. It's the perfect example of a piece that is more than the sum of its parts, mostly because said parts are welded together by a harrowing, mind-blowingly fantastic performance by Giancarlo Giannini.
This is one of the cleverest pieces of critical reflection upon one's country's role in World War II. And I feel that only Italian director has a right for such a harsh and politically incorrect introspective comment.
*almost forgot to add "Oh yeah"*
(...) Das hier ist ein düsterer, grüblerischer Film. Er stellt die Frage, wozu der Mensch bereit ist. Wie tief kann er sinken? Wie sehr lässt er sich erniedrigen? Trotz seines Gehabes ist Pasqualino kein Mann, sondern ein Wurm. Im Konzentrationslager darf er all diese Eigenschaften zeigen. (...)