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.
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Rialto Films


Marthe Keller
as Fedora
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" Mayne
as Director of `Leda and the Swan'
Peter Capell
as Director of `The Last Waltz'
Bob Cunningham
as Assitant Director
Rex McGee
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Fedora

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

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 25, 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… | December 31, 1999
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
jay nixon

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.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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