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What? (1972)
"Che?" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  3 October 1973 (USA)
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A young American woman (Sydne Rome) traveling through Italy finds herself in a strange Mediterranean villa where nothing seems right. Her visit becomes an absurd, decadent, oversexed ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alex
Sydne Rome ...
Nancy
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Joseph Noblart
Guido Alberti ...
Priest
Gianfranco Piacentini ...
Tony
Carlo Delle Piane ...
Young Oaf #1 in Car
Mario Bussolino ...
Young Oaf #2 in Car
Henning Schlüter ...
Catone
Christiane Barry ...
Dresser
Pietro Tordi ...
Man-Servant
Nerina Montagnani ...
Chambermaid
Mogens von Gadow ...
German
Dieter Hallervorden ...
German
Elisabeth Witte ...
Nurse
John Karlsen ...
Edward
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A young American woman (Sydne Rome) traveling through Italy finds herself in a strange Mediterranean villa where nothing seems right. Her visit becomes an absurd, decadent, oversexed version of "Alice in Wonderland", with Marcello Mastroianni as the maddest of mad hatters and Roman Polanski a kinky March hare. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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The kinkiest caper of the year!

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3 October 1973 (USA)  »

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SEK 630,831 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 61462 delivered on 5-12-1972. See more »

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Nancy's hands are well manicured throughout the movie, but quite ordinary during close-ups, when she's supposedly playing the piano. See more »

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Referenced in Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) See more »

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"Do I LOOK Like I'm Joking?"
17 June 2004 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

If you've ever longed to see Marcello Mastroianni being flogged in a tiger skin, What? is the film for you. He plays Alex, a smarmy ex-pimp who lives in one of those terminally fabulous villas that only seem to exist in Italian movies. He gets his other kicks by dressing up as Napoleon or crushing ping-pong balls with his feet.

Among the villa's other denizens are an arthritic pianist, a clutch of sex maniacs, an American husband and wife who bicker endlessly about time zones, a stone-faced German nurse who reads Nietzsche, a pair of sun-bronzed lesbians and a dying millionaire who expires with a blissful smile on his face - after getting a glimpse of the heroine's private parts. Sounds like a normal weekend round at my house...

Into this dislocated universe steps a wide-eyed, Henry James-ian innocent abroad. Sydne Rome plays a backpacking American hippie chick who escapes from an attempted gang rape on the Italian autostrada. (In their impatience to get at her, the would-be rapists get confused and start raping each other by mistake.) She hitches a ride to the villa in a giant metal cage, only to become the sexual plaything of all and sundry.

What? is one of those few movies to play on the obvious notion that 99% of all pornography is just plain silly - hence unwatchable to any viewer with even an elementary sense of the ridiculous. Its 'parody porn' screenplay reads like an LSD-fueled collaboration between Escher, Borges and Lewis Carroll. Not only is it far and away Roman Polanski's funniest film. It is also, quite possibly, his most stylish.

A well-timed revival of What? might do wonders to rescue Polanski from the Oscar-winning solemnity in which he has lately become mired.


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