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Fedora (1978)

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Budget $6,727,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country France, West Germany

Studio Bavaria Studios, Geria Film, Rialto Film, Societe de Francais Production

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Genre: Drama, Psychodrama, Showbiz, Hollywood, Scams And Cons, Deception

Plot: Billy Wilder's knowing, deliberately old-fashioned homage to a bygone age of filmmaking, it stars William Holden as producer Barry Detweiler. In flashbacks, the producer recalls his efforts to coax aging movie queen Fedora (Marthe Keller) out of retirement, while attending her funeral. Not long before, he had tried to penetrate the phalanx of functionaries who protected the star at the Greek island villa of her friend, the Countess Sobryanski (Hildegard Knef) without success. When Barry accidentally bumped into the actress in town, looking amazingly well, she claimed that she was at the mercy of her caretakers, but asked him to send her his script. Following a series of frustratingly mixed signals from Fedora, she arrives one night at Barry's hotel in desperation, but is quickly seized and conjured away by her plastic surgeon Dr. Vandos (Jose Ferrer), and her chauffeur Kritos (Gottfried John). The next day, the producer returns to the villa, and is knocked unconscious by the chauffeur. Although his penultimate film, this is truly the director's farewell to moviemaking, an absorbing meditation on age, beauty, and the perils of practicing a profession of illusion.

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 Directed by
Billy Wilder
Some Like It Hot, Sunset Blvd., Double Indemnity
 Written by
Tom Tryon
The Other, In Harm's Way, I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Billy Wilder
Sabrina, Ball of Fire, A Song Is Born
William Holden
The Bridge on the River Kwai, Sunset Blvd., The Wild Bunch
Mario Adorf
The Tin Drum, Point of Terror, Rossini
Stephen Collins
All the President's Men, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The First Wives Club
Henry Fonda
12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Longest Day
Michael York
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers in Goldmember
Marthe Keller
Marathon Man, Black Sunday, Oci ciornie
Hildegard Knef
The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Witchery, Mörder sind unter uns, Die
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