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

R  |   |  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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City of Women  »

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SEK 1,515,579 (Sweden)
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Actor Ettore Manni, who played Dr. Katzone, accidentally shot himself to death as his role was nearing completion. See more »

Connections

Edited into Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002) See more »

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Composed by Gino Soccio
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Of all the Fellini films, this is probably his most erotic…
16 September 2008 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

It is not as much a study of eroticism as it is one man's erotic fantasy about the battle between the sexes…

A rich, horny Italian (Mastroianni) meets a woman on a train… When the train stops, he follows her into a lonely wood, which becomes a futuristic world of forceful women who have almost entirely destroyed completely all men in their society…

Mastroianni's character is left alive as a curiosity piece… His experiences carry him deeper and deeper into this bizarre fantasy city… The film never fully provides passion and erotic lusts, but is tickling and stimulating pleasantly none the less... Fellini's point—that women resent the fact that men are easily excited—is most effectively carried by Donatella Damiani, a buxom and very beautiful young actress who runs nearly naked throughout the movie…

Although the film never tires, it never quite completes its erotic expectations either, giving priority to consider carefully its own bizarre reality… It has elements of science fiction and adventure, but is more exactly a fantasy on the estrangement between men and women...


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