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City of Women (1980)

La città delle donne (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 April 1981 (USA)
A businessman finds himself trapped at a hotel and threatened by women en masse.

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Cast

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Elena
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Woman on train
Jole Silvani ...
Motorcyclist (as Iole Silvani)
Donatella Damiani ...
Donatella (Woman on roller skates)
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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 ...
Feminist
Stéphane Emilfork ...
Feminist
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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$6,244 (USA) (19 February 2016)

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$6,244 (USA) (19 February 2016)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Old Lady: "A house without a woman", they say in my parts, "is like the Sea without a Siren". Don't you agree with me?
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Referenced in 8 ½ Women (1999) See more »

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Composed by Gino Soccio
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Fellini does feminism.
28 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm not going to pretend that this is classic Fellini, or a masterpiece of Italian/European art-house cinema, but.....there's a lot going on in this movie that rewards a lengthy attention span. Mastroiani plays the archetypal middle-aged menopausal misogynist, the oldest swinger in town, calling women everything but women. Sows, mares, bitches, etc.

Fellini effortlessly sets him up for a long slow surreal fall from grace, deconstructing his fear of women in the process. It's a temporal culture clash, as stiff monochrome macho sexism meets technicolour badass feminism head on.

There's a few of Fellini's sublime production games going on in the background, most notably the orgasm orchestra that builds from the sono-portraits of Marcello's past lovers. The symbolism on display throughout is typically oblique, but it's effortlessly played for laughs in a way that few of his earlier films managed.

I've seen most of Fellini's output, from La Strada to Ginger and Fred, and for me this movie stands out along with those two as an accessible entry point into the satirical world view of one of Italy's most interesting directors.

It's certainly not a masterpiece, but it's definitely a wry look at the sexual mores of the day. And the cinematography ain't bad either.


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