Fedora Reviews

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December 6, 2011
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.
½ March 15, 2010
Billy Wilder's earlier film Sunset Blvd is a much better story of aging actresses who once captivated the world. However, that inevitable comparison aside, this film is uneven. It spends too much of its time in unwieldy back story that should have found another way to be told. Instead it all felt very anticlimactic and poorly handled. Marthe Keller's performance is also very disappointing and never really seems to connect to the story. But perhaps that's the point - Fedora is never terribly connected to her surroundings. It's a nice attempt at a good story but overall it falls a bit flat.
½ August 9, 2009
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.
February 16, 2013
An independent film director goes to an island off Greece to persuade a big retired star to make her return in his new picture. However, once there he realises it's extremely hard to get to talk to her, and becomes entangled in a mysterious story of obsession, the likes filmmaker Billy Wilder had already explored with Sunset Boulevard. Here, the film is too definely split into two parts, and the ending seems unnaturally long. Furthermore, though it is good to see a Wilder and Holden reunion, the script is not as good as their previous collaboration, and feels out of time and place.
June 20, 2010
Der bis jetzt schwächste Film von Billy Wilder den ich gesehen habe. Die erste Stunde mag der Film nicht richtig in Schwung kommen und so viel besser wird es die zweiten 60 Minuten auch nicht. Immerhin ist die Geschichte relativ vernünftig, es gibt die ein oder andere Überraschung zu sehen und ein paar Gastauftritte versüßen das Ganze auch noch, an die großen Klassiker Wilders kommt "Fedora" allerdings zu keinem Zeitpunkt heran.
knappe 3/5
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