Shirley Stoler (March 30, 1929 â€“ February 17, 1999) was an American actress best known for her roles in The Honeymoon Killers and Lina Wertmuller's Seven Beauties.
Throughout her career, Shirley Stoler was large and often played villainesses (such as in The Honeymoon Killers and on TV in an episode of Charlie's Angels) whose scariness often derived from Stoler's physical strength and size. A character actress as well as an occasional lead, Stoler appeared in small roles in classic films including Klute, The Deer Hunter, and Desperately Seeking Susan.
The highlight of her film career arguably was her turn as the repulsive Nazi female prison commandant in Lina WertmÃ¼ller's masterpiece Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975) (Seven Beauties), in which she plays a cat and mouse game of seduction with the concentration camp inmate played by Giancarlo Giannini. Giannini's inmate was very much the mouse, and Stoler's commandant was very much the cat if not the lioness, holding her prisoner/lover's...
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The Deer Hunter (1978) is an American English language film about a group of Rusyn-American steel workers during the Vietnam War. Most of the story occurs in southern Vietnam and in working-class Clairton, Pennsylvania, their Monongahela River hometown south of Pittsburgh. The film features Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep.
The Deer Hunter's inspiration is the novel Three Comrades, by German author and World War I soldier Erich Maria Remarque. That 1937 novel follows the lives of a trio of World War I veterans in 1920s Weimar Germany, while this film explores the effects and consequences of war violence and politically-manipulated patriotism upon a tightly-knit ethnic community, specifically, the meaning of friendship, ethnicity, honour, family, and community.
Various parts of the Deer Hunter were filmed in several locations: the Pittsburgh geographic area; Cleveland and Mingo Junction, Ohio; Weirton, West Virginia; the North Cascades National Park, Washington ...
Pasqualino Settebellezze (English title Seven Beauties) is a 1975 Italian language film written and directed by Lina WertmÃ¼ller starring Giancarlo Giannini in the main role. Fernando Rey and Shirley Stoler are also featured. Production Design and costume design by director's husband, Enrico Job.
The picaresque story follows the life of its hero, Pasqualino, played by (Giancarlo Giannini) as he and another soldier have deserted the Italian army somewhere in Germany. They are captured and sent to a concentration camp where Pasqualino tries to seduce the large and unattractive female commandant (Shirley Stoler) in order to save his own life. The plan succeeds except for the fact that Pasqualino is put in charge of the barracks and has to select six men to be killed under the threat that they will all be killed if he doesn't do it. Pasqualino ends up shooting his best friend in the head and being responsible for his other friend's death, (an Italian Anarchist.) Earlier in the film...
The Honeymoon Killers is a 1970 American film written and directed by Leonard Kastle, and starring Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco. It tells the story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, the notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers" who murdered at least 12 women in the 1940s. The soundtrack is a selection from the works of Gustav Mahler. Martin Scorsese was originally hired to direct the film, but he was replaced due to creative differences with the producer.Martha Beck is a sullen, overweight nurse who lives in a southern town with her elderly mother. To help her find a man, Martha's friend Bunny writes to a "lonely hearts" service, which results in a letter from Ray Fernandez of New York City. Overcoming her initial resistance, Martha corresponds with Ray. He visits Martha and seduces her. Later, Ray sends Martha a letter ending their "relationship" and Martha calls him, threatening to kill herself because she cannot live without him.
Moved by her devotion, Ray asks Martha to visit...,
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