Seven Beauties (newly restored!)

1975’s Seven Beauties finds vanguard director Lina Wertmüller at the top of her game, landing her the honor of being the first woman ever nominated by the Academy for best director. Using every filmic device at her disposal – including graphic violence, farcical humor, and experimental montage – Wertmüller details the picaresque survival odyssey of a dandy (roguish, heavy-lidded Wertmüller muse Giancarlo Giannini) in Mussolini’s fascist Italy. Capturing Giannini’s desperation in long, handheld takes, the film dazzles with its confidence – both in its technical mastery of the medium and its unflinching delivery of scathing socio-political commentary – while being fast-paced and flat-out entertaining. A true tour-de-force and defining work of one of cinema’s greatest auteurs, female or otherwise.

Dir. Lina Wertmüller, 1975, DCP, 115 min.

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