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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Doctor Vando
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Miss Balfour
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Hotel Manager
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Young Barry
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President of the Academy
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Count Sobryanski
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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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13 September 1978 (France)  »

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$6,727,000 (estimated)
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This was the penultimate film directed by Billy Wilder. Wilder's final film as director, released three years later was Buddy Buddy (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Dutch is in Fedora's bedroom browsing through the notebooks filled with "I am Fedora", it is obvious that the written pages are all copies of one another. See more »

Quotes

Barry 'Dutch' 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 The Song of Bernadette (1943) See more »

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C'est si bon
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Music by Henri Betti
Lyrics by André Hornez
Hummed by Marthe Keller
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Wilder's next to last
18 February 2013 | by (Bernardsville, NJ) – See all my reviews

After just finishing Ed Sikov's wonderful biography of Billy Wilder, I got interested in this movie, seeing as it was another pairing of Wilder and one of my favorite actors, William Holden. Shot in 1978, it has a very dream like quality to it, due to the cinematography, which adds to the somewhat creepy atmosphere of the movie.

Trying to track an elusive movie star who has retired to a Mediterranean villa to star in his latest film, Barry Detweiller (Holden) cannot seem to catch the elusive beauty. Her compound is secluded, and all access is restricted. His calls and letters go unanswered. But he must get in to see the elusive Fedora.

After sneaking in to the compound, Detweiller believes he has caught his quarry. But a strange turn of events, reveal to him that all is not what it seems in paradise. Wilder's next to last film, is something of a return to his great "Sunset Blvd' featuring another Joe Gillis like character, and a another Norma Desmond as well. The two movies do bookend each other I believe, and if you are a fan of the former, you should try and see the latter.


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