★★★★☆ Italy. 1h55m. War / Drama. Directed by Lina Wertmüller. Written by Lina Wertmüller. Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli. Edited by Franco Fraticelli. Music by Nando de Luca, Enzo Jannacci. Starring Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore, Piero Di Iorio, Enzo Vitale, Roberto Herlitzka, Lucio Amelio.
About an Italian everyman who deserts the army during World War II and is then captured by the Germans and sent to a prison camp, where he does anything to survive. Through flashbacks, we learn about his family of seven unattractive sisters, his accidental murder of one sister’s lover, his imprisonment in an insane asylum — where he rapes a patient — and his volunteering to be a soldier to escape confinement. For her work on the film, Wertmüller became the first woman nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director