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Top Ten 1975

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

Once again fascinating audiences with his strange combination of ugly menace and smooth charm, Giancarlo Giannini rules over Lina Wertmuller’s most popular film Seven Beauties without breaking a bead of sweat. Where his Love & Anarchy role called for him to be nervous and strange, Pasqualino Settebellezze is a smooth operator who thinks himself above all trouble until his cowardice in the army gets him thrown into a Nazi concentration camp. This is back when crowds could handle badass, dirty Holocaust films (see The Night Porter for something similar) that modern-day audiences of Life Is Beautiful would probably find unappealing, and Wertmuller’s fascinating camera work and hard-edged storytelling deservedly made her the first (and for almost twenty years, the only)…

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