Cinema: 7X1=0

Woman Times Seven is an ill-advised attempt to improve upon the mathematical formula of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. In that film, Sophia Loren played three women; in this one, Shirley MacLaine plays seven. Both movies employed the same director (Vittorio De Sica) and scenarist (Cesare Zavattini), inviting an unfortunate comparison. Shirley is no Sophia, although even Loren would have had trouble with these amateurish anecdotes.

Against the backdrop of Paris, MacLaine plays everything from a bitchy bourgeoise to a nudist nymph. In one sequence, she is Paulette, grieving as she leads her husband's funeral cortege to the cemetery. Comforting her is Peter...

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