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Seven Beauties (18*) + ScreenTalk with Dr Julia Wagner

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Seven Beauties

Lina Wertmüller became the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar® for her masterpiece about an Italian criminal determined to survive the Holocaust, no matter what the personal cost.

Pasqualino (Giancarlo Giannini), a small-time crook living with his seven sisters in Naples under fascist rule, isn’t much of a man. He is the epitome of unchecked machismo, and overreacts to any threats to his ‘honour’.

When he vows revenge on the man who disgraced his sister, he sparks off a self-inflicted descent that leads to internment in a concentration camp, where his desperation to survive is tested to its limit.

Seven Beauties was nominated for four Oscars – Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. It’s an astonishing critique of humanity in crisis, with daring bursts of pitch black humour and a tremendous performance from Giannini.

Following this screening, season curator Alex Davidson will be in conversation with film critic and lecturer Dr Julia Wagner.

This film contains some scenes of violence, including sexual violence, that viewers may find disturbing.

Italy 1975 Dir Lina Wertmüller 116 min

About the speaker

Dr Julia Wagner holds a PhD in Film Studies and MA in Italian Studies, writes about film for the Jewish Quarterly journal and is currently curating Jewish Britain on Film, a BFI-funded archive project.

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