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The Ape Woman (1964)

La donna scimmia (original title)
A modest Neapolitan man meets a young woman with excessive hairiness. He exhibits her at fairs and marries her.It is after marriage that he receives a tempting offer from a French manager.

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Antonio Focaccia
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Maria
Achille Majeroni ...
Majoroni
Filippo Pompa Marcelli ...
Bruno
Ermelinda De Felice ...
Sister Furgonicino (as Linda De Felice)
Elvira Paolini ...
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Ugo Rossi ...
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Eva Belami
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A modest Neapolitan man meets a young woman with excessive hairiness. He exhibits her at fairs and marries her.It is after marriage that he receives a tempting offer from a French manager.

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22 September 1964 (USA)  »

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This trivia contains spoilers. The version of this film released in Italy and France, has a completely different ending that the English dubbed version released in the UK and the US. In the Italian/French version, Maria dies giving birth to a son with her condition, and her husband exhibited their mummified bodies in a sideshow. This it how it happened with her real life counterpart, Julia Pastrana. Audiences in the UK/US were displease with such a downbeat ending, so a different ending was devised where Maria's hirsute condition is eliminated during childbirth, and her child is born normal. No longer having an act to exhibit, Antonio goes to work as a laborer...but he doesn't mind, for he has grown to love his wife and child. I, myself, prefer this ending. See more »

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A rare example of human cruelty...
18 May 2001 | by (Sciacca, Italy) – See all my reviews

Can the human greed make use of a woman as well as Antonio Focaccia does? Well, Marco Ferreri says it does!

The plot: a man, Antonio Focaccia (played by Ugo Tognazzi), meets a woman, Maria (played by Annie Girardot), full of hair on her body. Antonio makes Maria to become a freak to earn a lot of money, and he gets married with her, too. Their business have a great success, but......

I was struck by Antonio's cruelty and wickedness and by ability of Marco Ferreri to get ahead with plot.

A good movie.


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