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Fedora (1978)

Fedora (1978)




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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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Tryon, Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, I. A. L. Diamond
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 1992
Rialto Films


William Holden
as Barry Detweiler
Hildegard Knef
as Countess Sobryanski
Hildegarde Neff
as Countess Sobryanski
José Ferrer
as Dr. Vando
Frances Sternhagen
as Miss Balfour
Mario Adorf
as Hotel Manager
Hans Jaray
as Count Sobryanski
Michael York
as Himself
Henry Fonda
as Himself
Stephen Collins
as Barry at 25
Arlene Francis
as TV Newscaster
Jacques Maury
as Head Usher
Christine Mueller
as Fedora as a child
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Ma...
as Director of `Leda an...
Peter Capell
as Director of `The Las...
Bob Cunningham
as Assitant Director
Rex McGee
as Photographer
Mary Kelly
as Gladys
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Critic Reviews for Fedora

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A shamefully underrated film, Fedora is Wilder's testament and one of the most sublime achievements of the '70s.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fedora

Wants to say something about illusion and the foolishness of the pursuit of youth but comes across as unfocused. Not dreadful but far from top flight Wilder.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Interesting reworking of some of the elements to Sunset Boulevard. There's some good stuff here, but also some tedious sequences that needed shortened or excised completely. Marthe Keller gives a pretty interesting performance.

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