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City of Women (1980) More at IMDbPro »La città delle donne (original title)

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Federico Fellini (story) and
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Release Date:
8 April 1981 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Snàporaz

Anna Prucnal ... Elena

Bernice Stegers ... 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 ... Feminist
Stéphane Emilfork ... Feminist
Sylvie Matton ... Feminist (as Sylvie Mayer)
Meerberger Nahyr
Sibilla Sedat ... Judge
Katren Gebelein ... Enderbreith Small
Alessandra Panelli ... Housewife
Nadia Vasil ... Feminist
Loredana Solfizi ... Black Feminist
Fiorella Molinari ... Punk
Rosaria Tafuri ... Dancing Girl
Sylvie Wacrenier ... Feminist
Carla Terlizzi ... Dr. Katzone's Conquest
Jill Lucas
Vivian Lucas (as Viviane Lucas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rose Alba ... (uncredited)

Penny Brown ... Woman Cleaning Windscreen (uncredited)
Isabelle Canto da Maya ... (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Motorcycle Woman (uncredited)
Fernando Cerulli ... Italian Husband (uncredited)
Annamaria Chio ... (uncredited)
Marina Confalone ... Feminist (uncredited)
Milly Corinaldi ... (uncredited)

Mirella D'Angelo ... Mock Bridegroom (uncredited)

Gabriella Di Luzio ... (uncredited)
Franco Diogene ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Marina Hedman ... First Girl of 'Giro della Morte' (uncredited)

Malisa Longo ... (uncredited)
Stéphanie Loïk ... (uncredited)
Maïté Nahyr ... Feminist (uncredited)
Nello Pazzafini ... Roberto Padone (uncredited)

Brigitte Petronio ... Guard (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Josiane Tanzilli ... Chanteuse (uncredited)
Mara Tchoukleva ... Old Lady (uncredited)

Stavros Tornes ... (uncredited)
Luciana Turina ... Plump Beauty (uncredited)
Karina Verlier ... Mock Bride (uncredited)
Umberto Zuanelli ... Troubadour (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Fellini 
Writing credits
Federico Fellini  story and
Bernardino Zapponi  story and screenplay

Brunello Rondi (screenplay collaborator)

Produced by
Franco Rossellini .... producer
Renzo Rossellini .... producer
Daniel Toscan du Plantier .... producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Casting by
Liliane Betti  (as Liliana Betti)
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
Art Direction by
Giorgio Giovannini 
Set Decoration by
Bruno Cesari 
Carlo Gervasi 
Costume Design by
Gabriella Pescucci 
Makeup Department
Rino Carboni .... makeup artist
Desideria Corridoni .... hair stylist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair stylist
Giancarlo Del Brocco .... makeup designer
Gabriella Trani .... makeup artist
Production Management
Filippo Campus .... production manager
Bernard Lorain .... production manager: second unit
Francesco Orefici .... production manager
Lamberto Pippia .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Amurri .... assistant director
Maurizio Mein .... assistant director
Art Department
Alessandro Alberti .... assistant art director
Claude Chevant .... assistant production designer
Giuliano Geleng .... painter
Rinaldo Geleng .... painter
Gianni Gianese .... sculptor (as Giovanni Gianese)
Andrea Pazienza .... poster artist
Nazzareno Piana .... assistant art director
Vito Rossiello .... greensman
Italo Tomassi .... set constructor
Sound Department
Fabio Ancillai .... boom operator
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Fernando Caso .... sound effects editor
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist
Alvaro Gramigna .... foley artist
Fabio Palmisano .... adr editor
Tommaso Quattrini .... sound
Angelo Raguseo .... dubbing mixer
Joël Riant .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Adriano Pischiutta .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Charlotte Quemy .... restoration supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... camera operator (as Gianni Fiore)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcella De Marchis .... assistant costume designer
Maurizio Millenotti .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Ernesto Novelli .... color timer
Adriana Olasio .... assistant editor
Roberto Puglisi .... assistant editor
Bruno Sarandrea .... assistant editor
Giacomo Volpi .... color timer
Location Management
Alessandro Gori .... location manager
Fernando Rossi .... location manager
Gilberto Scarpellini .... location manager
Music Department
Mary Francolao .... composer: additional music
Gianfranco Plenizio .... conductor
Transportation Department
Otello Attioli .... transportation
Other crew
Antonio Amurri .... poet: "Donna addio"
Leonetta Bentivoglio .... choreographer
Sergio Bologna .... administrator
Norma Giacchero .... script supervisor
Paula Mitchell .... researcher
Enrico Sanchini .... tapestry
Raffaello Saragò .... production accountant
Adriana Asti .... voice dubbing: Bernice Steegers (uncredited)
Solveyg D'Assunta .... voice dubbing: Fiammetta Baraglia (uncredited)
Valeria Moriconi .... voice dubbing: Anna Prucnal (uncredited)
Marcello Tusco .... voice dubbing: Ettore Manni (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La città delle donne" - Italy (original title)
"The City of Women" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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139 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Actor Ettore Manni, who played Dr. Katzone, accidentally shot himself to death as his role was nearing completion.See more »
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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Appunti su 'La città delle donne' (1980) (TV)See more »
Una donna senza un uomo èSee more »


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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Fellini does feminism., 28 June 2005
Author: squelcho

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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