In the 1970s, when you talked about women directors, there was only one name, it seemed, in the whole world: Italy's Lina Wertmüller. She hit her peak with this 1976 effort, starring the basset-eyed Giancarlo Giannini. He plays a small-time hustler in World War II Italy whose fate seems tied to his seven ugly sisters, whom he must support; hence, his nickname, "Seven Beauties." But he learns that he doesn't know the beginning of trouble when he winds up in a German concentration camp. There, he does whatever it takes to stay alive--including making love to the camp's colossal commandant (Shirley Stoler). Wertmüller's outrageous humor goes farther than that, including a wild sequence in which Giannini tries to dispose of a dead body that's been dismembered and packed into suitcases. Harrowingly funny and touching--Wertmüller, the first woman ever nominated for an Oscar as best director for this film, was never able to match it. --Marshall Fine
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