The former successful and famous Polish actress Fedora commits suicide at the Mortcerf Station, jumping off in front of a train. The broken Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attends the funeral at her house in Paris and recalls that he might have caused her death. Two weeks ago, Dutch traveled to Greece Island of Corfu seeking Fedora out in the Vila Calypso, located in an isolated island owned by the bitter Countess Sobryanski. Fedora has been living an unsocial reclusive life for the last years in the villa with the countess, the plastic surgeon Doctor Vando and her assistant Miss Balfour, since she abandoned the set of a film that she was shooting in London with Michael York. Dutch brings the screenplay with a version of "Anna Karenina" to offer to Fedora, with the promise that investors would finance the film if Fedora accepts the lead role. Fedora, who is impressively young, is receptive to the offer, but the countess and the doctor tell that she is mentally unstable and ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.
13 September 1978 (France)
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Also Known As:
Den gådefulde Fedora
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
This was the fourth and final time that actor William Holden
worked with writer-director Billy Wilder
. Their previous films together included Sunset Blvd.
(1950); Stalag 17
(1953) for which Holden won the Academy Award Best Actor Oscar and Sabrina
(1954). This movie also marks the first time that Holden worked with Wilder since Sabrina
(1954), a gap of twenty-four years. All of their previous movies together had been made during the 1950s. Moreover, Holden's character in this movie is similar to his in Sunset Blvd.
(1950). See more
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
Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler
Six weeks later the woman who called herself the Countess Sobryanski died peacefully on the island of Corfu. The news rated one short paragraph in the local paper. The electric blanket I sent her came back undelivered.
Music by Karl Komzák
Arranged by Miklós Rózsa See more