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Fedora

Fedora (1978)

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33

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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62

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 482

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Movie Info

A faltering producer is bent on resurrecting his career by bringing a popular -- and eternally youthful looking -- actress out of seclusion to star in his next picture.

PG,

Drama

Billy Wilder, I. A. L. Diamond

May 6, 1992

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This one seethes with authentic nostalgia; Wilder's attempt not merely to eulogize earlier styles but to revive them feels somewhat embalmed.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Wilder may have been a genius, but not everything a genius does is a work of genius. Fedora is a curiosity, not a lost masterpiece.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The deliberate and sometimes dismaying anachronisms are signs of a deep, unshakable commitment to a personal aesthetic -- a commitment that is sometimes more moving than anything in the film itself.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A shamefully underrated film, Fedora is Wilder's testament and one of the most sublime achievements of the '70s.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Trust Wilder to know what he's doing, even during the deliberate clichés. See it like that, and I bet you'll like it. See it with a straight face, and you'll think it's boring and obvious.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Fedora is old-fashioned with a vengeance, a proud, passionate remembrance of the way movies used to be, and a bitter smile at what they have become.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This wearying nostalgia for golden-age moviemaking aside, Fedora exposes, through a major plot twist I won't give away, the off-screen pathologies that constitute the nightmares of the dream factory.

September 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Artforum
Artforum

The offhand jabs at the dissolution of orthodox craftsmanship in 1970s cinema are overwhelmed by a deeper core of autocritique played out in the film's downward trajectory.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Gallant Hollywood-Babylon concerto

February 6, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Defiantly and proudly old-fashioned both in style and content, weaving an (intentionally) campy melodrama about the mysterious suicide of a faded movie queen into a spellbinding meditation on cinema and the price of manufactured illusions.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Brilliant homage to a bygone age of glamor.

March 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Probably Wilder's most interesting work, if not necessarily his best.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Fedora

Fedora(Marthe Keller), the great actress, is dead.

Presiding over her spectacle of a funeral in Paris is Dr. Vando(Jose Ferrer), Countess Sobryanski(Hildegard Knef) and Miss Balfour(Frances Sternhagen). Independent film producer Barry Detwiler(William Holden) wonders if he perhaps indirectly caused her death when he arrived two weeks previously in Corfu to ask her to be in a new movie he was producing. Locating her is easy enough but meeting her is not. However, he does get through to her one day in the market in a camera store...

With all that it wants to say on the subjects of acting, aging and Hollywood, it is ironic that "Fedora" takes a long time to get where it wants to go. That holds true until a huge twist that not only turns everything on its head but also makes perfect sense. Even then, Billy Wilder for once in his long and storied career just seems satisfied to go through the motions. But at least there is an excellent performance from Marthe Keller and Michael York being such a good sport.

p.s. V, I read your online SOS. I should have known something was wrong here when I did not get any mass e-mails for about a month. Just a reminder. My e-mail address is gator68@aol.com.
September 11, 2014
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