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Woman Times Seven

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Woman Times Seven
Woman Times Seven poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVittorio De Sica
Screenplay byCesare Zavattini
Produced byArthur Cohn
CinematographyChristian Matras
Edited by
Music byRiz Ortolani
Distributed by
Release dates
  • June 27, 1967 (1967-06-27) (New York City)
  • October 10, 1967 (1967-10-10) (France)
  • October 27, 1967 (1967-10-27) (Italy)
Running time
108 minutes
  • United States
  • Italy
  • France

Woman Times Seven (Italian: Sette volte donna) is a 1967 sex comedy anthology film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It consists of seven segments, all starring Shirley MacLaine, most of which deal with aspects of adultery.

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Paulette/Funeral Procession

Leading a walking funeral procession behind the hearse containing the remains of her late husband, a widow is propositioned by her family doctor. Vittorio De Sica has a cameo as one of the mourners.

Maria Teresa/Amateur Night

Surprised at finding her husband in bed with her best friend, a shocked wife vows revenge by planning to have sex with the first man whom she sees. She meets a group of prostitutes who try to help her achieve her goal. A prostitute gives a client to her; but, she quickly gets out of his car, shocked by the client's nudity. The prostitute then has her boyfriend give Maria Teresa a ride home. On their arrival, they meet her husband looking for her in the street. The husband insults the boyfriend, who responds by socking him in the face. The receipt of the blow earns Marie Teresa's sympathy.

Linda/Two Against One

Linda is a translator working at an airport, greeting Japanese tourists.

At a party a Scotsman and an Italian are invited to her room where she reads T. S. Eliot in the nude and starts bouncing on the bed. They all three sit on the bed and watch her slide show of art works. The men have a slap fight whilst the photo of her lover in military uniform looks on sternly from a shelf. She throws the picture out and moves to seduce both.

Edith/Super Simone

Edith goes shyly into her husband Rik's study, where he is smoking his pipe with his Great Dane by his side, he reads his latest chapter about his fictional creation: Simone.

Rik details his romantic fantasies, but these are for Simone not Edith. They go to a bistro, but he prefers writing to chatting. He has forgotten it is their anniversary. He asks if she would like ice cream, but she demands champagne. The next day she starts acting oddly, singing instead of talking. In the evening she answers the door in a tiny pink negligee, which she wears at the dinner table. The maid looks on in disbelief. She has hired a muscular black man to serve dinner.

The next evening her shocked husband invites Dr Xavier, a psychiatrist to the house to examine her for mental illness. She escapes onto the rooftops. As her husband scoops her up, she states in exasperation, "I'm not crazy, I'm in love."

Eve/At the Opera

Eve, a fashion diva, is horrified when her arch-rival Mme Lisari is photographed in what her husband had promised was an exclusive creation for her alone. The article mentions that Mme Lisari intends to debut the dress at the opera that night. Eve calls Mme Lisari and asks she alter the dress in some small way, a request which Mme Lisari denies.

Furious, Eve enlists the aid of her husband's company. The head of research and development at her husband's fashion house suggests planting a small bomb in Mme Lisari's car. Her husband is not happy with the plan but nevertheless goes ahead with it. They witness the sabotage and Mme Lisari's driveway, and go on to the opera house.

Eve makes a grand entrance at the Palais Garnier. Her glory reaches a peak when the audience stand and gaze at her in her box; this moment is ruined when another, older woman, comes into her own box wearing the same dress. Devastated, Eve runs out of the box crying. While sobbing on the stairs, her sorrow is allayed when she sees Mme Lisari arriving, her version of the dress in tatters from the bomb blast.

Louis Alexandre Raimon has a cameo as himself.[1]

Marie/The Suicides

On the sixth floor of a narrow corner block in Paris, two lovers, Marie and Fred, feel rejected by the world, and sit in a bedroom full of graffiti in a garret. Marie makes a tape recording of their plan to be given to her husband. Fred makes a parallel recording for his wife, Juliet. They decide to commit suicide in their small room, dressed for the wedding that they will never have. But Fred is afraid of pills, does not want to mess up his tuxedo by jumping out of the window and cannot trust his lover to shoot him. After they face their planned suicide more seriously, Fred packs his suitcase to leave only to find Marie has broken out of the bathroom window and has run down the fire escape.


Two friends, Jeanne and Claudie, walk along a wide Parisian avenue on a winter afternoon. They notice a handsome but seedy-looking man who appears to be following them. He physically bumps into hem. Claudie suggests that the two go for lunch in a bistro. He follows them in, then leaves, but hangs around outside. They leave the bistro and go their separate ways to see which one he follows. He takes a while to choose. As the city is hit by a sudden blizzard, Jeanne realizes that the man is following her when she sees him on the opposite side lurking behind a lorry. A shopowner thinks she is looking in his shop, and she goes into the tool shop and leaves with an electric drill. She gets on a tram; he too boards it, but gets blocked by the crowd when she gets off.

She goes home to her husband Victor and gives him the drill. She looks out of the window; her admirer is sitting in the snow on a bench in the park. The man phones the flat from a call box and has an odd conversation with Victor, then walks off, leaving only his footprints.


"Funeral Procession"

"Amateur Night"

"Two Against One"

"Super Simone"

"At the Opera"

  • Shirley MacLaine as Eve Minou
  • Patrick Wymark as Henri Minou her husband
  • Michael Brennan as Mr. Lisiere
  • Adrienne Corri as Mme. Lisiere
  • Jacques Ciron as Féval (uncredited)
  • Roger Lumont as Nossereau (uncredited)
  • Roger Trapp as Crosnier (uncredited)

"The Suicides"



Woman Times Seven was the first of what was intended to be three films made by Joseph E. Levine, producer Arthur Cohn and Vittorio De Sica working together.[2] As Levine and De Sica had critical and financial success with the films Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) and Marriage Italian Style (1964), Levine asked De Sica for a similar film, and De Sica used some sketches made by his collaborator Cesare Zavattini as the basis.[3] The first choice for the lead role, Natalie Wood, declined the role.[4]

The concepts of adultery in the film have a European flavor. For example, Vittorio Gassman's character reminds Clinton Greyn's character that divorce is, at the time of filming, impossible for an Italian.

The film was shot in Paris. Wardrobe was supplied by Pierre Cardin, jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, furs by Henri Stern and hairdressing by Louis Alexandre Raimon.

Lord Lucan, later to be suspected of murder, unsuccessfully screen-tested for a role in the film. After that failure, he declined an invitation from Albert R. Broccoli to audition for the part of James Bond.[5]


In a contemporary review for The New York Times, critic Bosley Crowther harshly denounced the film: "For a man who has treated women as nicely as Vittorio De Sica has—as witness the several classic characters he has created with Sophia Loren—it is shocking and thoroughly bewildering to find him kicking them around as he does in his new picture ... Not one of the seven silly females whom Shirley MacLaine portrays in this series of seven blackout sketches provokes any feeling but disgust—or possibly embarrassment and pity—for the weaker (shall we say minded?) sex. Not one of them has the charm, the humor or the vitality we've come to expect in Mr. De Sica's women. And not one of them shows a spark of truth."[6]

Variety wrote: "Woman Times Seven means a seven-segment showcase for the talents of Shirley MacLaine, playing in tragicomedy and dramatic fashion a variety of femme types. MacLaine is spotted in many different adult situations, and largely convinces with each switcheroo."[7]

Box office

According to Fox records, the film needed to earn $2,975,000 in rentals to break even, and made $1,100,000, meaning it made a loss.[8]


  1. ^ "Fashion: Alexandre the Great: what a hair-stylist". The Independent. October 20, 1998. Retrieved April 1, 2023.
  2. ^ "THE VERY RICH HOURS OF JOE LEVINE". New Yorker. September 9, 1967.
  3. ^ Cardullo, Bert Vittorio De Sica: Director, Actor, Screenwriter (2002), McFarland, p.180
  4. ^ Hallowell, John The Truth Game (1969), Simon and Schuster, p. 150
  5. ^ Moore, Sally, Lucan: Not Guilty (1987), Sidgwick & Jackson Limited, pp. 72–73
  6. ^ Crowther, Bosley (June 28, 1967). "Screen: 'Woman Times Seven' Opens". The New York Times. p. 38.
  7. ^ Variety Staff (January 1, 1967). "Woman Times Seven".
  8. ^ Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away: the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 326. ISBN 9780818404856.

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