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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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Count Sobryanski
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Kritos
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

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

The 1994 publication of the biography Marlene Dietrich by Dietrich's daughter Maria Riva stated that by a comparison between this film with Ms. Riva's book, that amongst the handful of actresses upon which the Fedora character was based, Marlene Dietrich was the most dominant personality of them all. 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

Barry Detweiler: [looking at the corpse of Fedora] They had done a good job on her considering the messy way her life had ended.
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Connections

References Zorba the Greek (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Apolonia
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Music by Sammy Burdson (i.e. Gerhard Narholz)
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If only
20 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I devoured Tom Tryon's book and I made my own film in my mind. Needless to say, I loved it. Then I heard that Billy Wilder was going to direct the film version. Perfect, I thought, perfect. I wanted to write to Mr. Wilder to let him know about the film I had already in my mind, not camera shots, naturally, but casting. There was only one actress who could play the Garboesque Fedora in all her mysterious splendor and that was Vanessa Redgrave, then,at that exact moment in time. She was the only actress who could be all the other actresses we've always known and loved rolled into one. That in itself made her unique, spellbinding. Rachel Kempson a great British actress plus Vanessa's mother in real life, to play the old lady. The film was made with Marthe Keller and Hildegarde Kneff in those roles. I hoped for Terence Stamp to be the actor of Fedora's dreams. They chose Michael York. I remember a review by Pauline Kael I believe, when she came to review Michael York in this film her comment was succinct: "Michael York plays himself, unconvincingly". Maybe this is a suitable case for remake. With all due respect to Mr. Wilder, one of my heroes, maybe Cameron Crowe should have a go.


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