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The City of Women (1980)
"La città delle donne" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  8 April 1981 (USA)
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A businessman finds himself trapped at a hotel and threatened by women en masse.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anna Prucnal ...
Elena
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Woman on train
Jole Silvani ...
Motorcyclist (as Iole Silvani)
Donatella Damiani ...
Donatella (Woman on roller skates)
Ettore Manni ...
Dr. Xavier Katzone
Fiammetta Baralla ...
Onlio
Hélène Calzarelli ...
Feminist (as Hélène G. Calzarelli)
Catherine Carrel ...
Commandant
Marcello Di Falco ...
Slave
Silvana Fusacchia ...
Skater
Gabriella Giorgelli ...
Fishwoman of San Leo
Dominique Labourier ...
Stéphane Emilfork ...
Sylvie Matton ...
Feminist (as Sylvie Mayer)
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Storyline

Marcello is in the compartment of an Italian train, facing forward when the mineral water of the woman seated across from him starts to fall toward him. He catches the bottle and makes eye contact and follows her when she leaves the compartment. For a few moments she finds him attractive too. Then suddenly she gets off the train and starts walking through a field. Marcello follows her, loses her, finds himself in a large hotel surrounded by women. A feminist conference is taking place and he tries to escape. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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8 April 1981 (USA)  »

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City of Women  »

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SEK 1,515,579 (Sweden)
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Prior to Marcello Mastroianni, the role of Snàporaz was offered to Dustin Hoffman. He declined after he couldn't convince Federico Fellini to shoot the movie in direct sound rather than dubbing it afterwards. Hoffman feared dubbing himself would compromise his performance. See more »

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Referenced in Appunti su 'La città delle donne' (1980) See more »

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Composed by Gino Soccio
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The Dreams That Come True
31 October 2010 | by (Taiwan) – See all my reviews

This film is a real feast for the legion of Federico Fellini fans.It has everything: the dream-like Felliniesque atmosphere, the nostalgic soundtrack by Louis Bacalov (Fellini's constant composer and co-creator of his masterpieces, Nino Rota, died in 1979),the scathing satire on the feminism and male chauvinism, and on the society at large,in which Fellini grew more and more disappointed (the best and final example is his last film "The Voice of the Moon").Perhaps, the great director is a little more bitter than ever, a little more sarcastic and nostalgic,but as a piece of art, "The City of Women" is one of the best films he has ever made.Needless to say that all the actors are superb,including the incomparable Marcello Mastroianni, Fellini's alter ego in "Otto e Mezzo". The great Art of Federico Fellini is timeless: even today, in my Cinema Class,my students appreciate it as much as their Professor did thirty years ago.


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