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What? (1972)

Che? (original title)
X | | Comedy | 3 October 1973 (USA)
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

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Alex
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Nancy
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Joseph Noblart
Romolo Valli ...
Giovanni
Guido Alberti ...
Priest
Henning Schlüter ...
Catone (as Henning Schlueter)
Gianfranco Piacentini ...
Tony
Christiane Barry ...
Dresser
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German #2
Elisabeth Witte ...
Nurse
Mogens von Gadow ...
German #1 (as Mogen von Gadow)
Carlo Delle Piane ...
Young Oaf #1 in Car
Luigi Bonos ...
Painter
Livio Galassi
Carla Mancini
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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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Diary of Forbidden Dreams  »

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Trivia

When producer Robert Evans was trying to coax Roman Polanski to direct Chinatown (1974), he found Polanski thoroughly absorbed with this film, to the extent that he had bought a 50% share in it. Evans eventually lured Polanski by saying that whatever "What" made in its opening week, he would pay him as his salary for directing "Chinatown". Polanski readily agreed to this, expecting "What" to do well as he considered it the best thing he had done up to that point. Unluckily for Polanski, "What" only grossed $64 on its first week. 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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Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce (2006) See more »

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Sonata for Four Hands KV 497
By Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Claudio Gizzi
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Psychedelic
13 November 1999 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

What? Is a psychedelic fairy tale about an American hippie who wanders into the decadent environment of a seaside villa in Italy after nearly being raped while hitchhiking. She is given a room and, within moments, begins undressing under the peeping eye of a perverted former pimp played by Marcelo Mastroianni, which causes the hippie girl to embark on a mysterious sexual journey. Things are, at the very least, strange within the villa. One inhabitant constantly groans in his room; a mysterious voyeur watches the girl through a hole in her wall; two women wander through the terrace both wearing fancy hats but only one wearing clothes; and of course Mosquito played by the man himself, Roman Polanski. A day after the girl stays in the house, she starts believing she is having déjà vu, each sexual fantasy after the next haunt her over and over again.

I certainly don't consider this to be one of Polanski's best. Due to the content, it is rather sad to see a great actor like Mastroianni in such a poorly developed film like this. Polanski, a filmmaker that previously showed the world he could make great films then decides to make such a poor film as this. Then again this is a hippie film, so for the times I guess it was ok. Nothing impressive to say the least, but since I'm a Polanski fan; lets just say I was just curious to see what he had to offer.


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