Woman Times Seven (1967) Kino Classic April 21st 2020
Directed By: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Alan Arkin,Michael Caine, Rossano Brazzi
Vittorio De Sica best known for his Italian neorealism masterpieces like Umberto D (1952) and The Bicycle Thieves (1948) comes this screwy sex comedy. From attention seeking wives to widows to a custom dress to kill Woman Time Seven (1967) tells seven non-connected stories all starring Shirley MacLaine as different characters all against the beautiful and lavish Paris backdrop. Like any anthology film some segments work better than others. Some I found so brilliant and funny and others felt like they didnt have the same punch. I was excited to see Sellers in the cast but he is woefully under-used in this. Overall though I think there is more hit than misses and even the less engaging segments still have this wonderful sardonic and sometimes dark sense of humor which I adore.
Kino Classics provides a nicely done new HD restoration which brings this film alive in all its '60's color-filled glory. The image is bright and clear and highlights Matras's photography and the beauty of the locations. Kino never sleeps on the job when it comes to cleaning up and their films and dirt and artifacts have been scrubbed, giving a very vibrate look. Similar we are treated to a great 2.0 Mono which is clear and dialogue comes through very well. The film features an audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger. Ellinger takes us through the film and is clearly not only very entertaining to listen to but, she knows her stuff. I found it very informative and its no wonder she has done so many commentaries in the past. Truly a treat to compliment this film. Rounding out the features is a series of Trailers.