Saturday, February 2, 2013

Woman Times Seven

After The Bicycle Thief, I was surprised to find another de Sica just sitting on my Netflix queue, and I decided to give Italian neo-realism another shot. Although much more amusing, Woman Times Seven (starring Shirley MacLaine), in a series of humorous vignettes, betrayed a frustrating mysogyny. These women are fickle, and easily flattered. They are willful, but weak.

The film is not neo-realism. The shots were well-scripted, and carefully edited. But the soul of situation still emerged. You might enjoy it. And Peter Sellers, and Michael Caine, and a few others. . .