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Fedora (1978)

Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

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Miss Balfour
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Young Barry
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Himself (as Micheal York)
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Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

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Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

13 September 1978 (France)  »

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Федора  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,727,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1979
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Faye Dunaway was a first choice of writer-director Billy Wilder to play the old Hollywood star, Fedora. Shortly afterwards, Dunaway would play another iconic actress from this same era, when she was cast as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Doctor Vando and Dutch meet in the bar at approximately 30 minutes into the film, there is a closeup of Vando's earring. At the end of the scene as Doctor Vando leaves the bar (approximately 34 minutes), Vando points at his earring. This time, the earring is considerably thinner and smaller. See more »

Quotes

The Countess: Anton, when those musicians come back, tell them we've heard enough of that "Valse triste." It's rather tacky!
Doctor Vando: [disbelieving] Jean Sibelius tacky?
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Connections

References Love (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
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Music by Henri Betti
Lyrics by André Hornez
Hummed by Marthe Keller
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Mesmerising and Historically Valuable
30 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I wish to defend Fedora somewhat from the sole previous IMDB reviewer. It is not a great movie such as "Sunset Boulevard" but it is hugely enjoyable and a real treat for anyone interested in old Hollywood, and the bitter-sweet quality of fading glamour.

Since the death of Marlene Dietrich, and especially with the publication of a biography by her daughter Maria Riva, it is now clear that Fedora is a direct portrait of Ms. Dietrich with much telling accurate detail.

Billy Wilder knew Dietrich and old Hollywood well, and even though made in the 70's, the film captures a genuine essence probably for the last time as figures from the golden age of film have since then moved into retirement and sadly largely slipped the mortal coil.

The real story of the EXTRAORDINARY Ms. Dietrich is better than any of her movies, and Fedora tells some of that story. It makes for more comfortable viewing than Maximillian Schell's documentary "Marlene".

Wilder is an intelligent director, which makes "Fedora" worthwhile viewing. I have always found "Sunset Boulevard" a little too arch and self-consciously aware; "Fedora" is a more lyrical piece by the director as an older man.


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