Gallant Hollywood-Babylon concerto
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Brilliant homage to a bygone age of glamor.
| Original Score: A
A shamefully underrated film, Fedora is Wilder's testament and one of the most sublime achievements of the '70s.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Probably Wilder's most interesting work, if not necessarily his best.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3/5