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The Ape Woman (1964)

La donna scimmia (original title)
A modest Neapolitan man meets a young woman with excessive hairiness. He exhibits her at fairs and marries her.It is after marriage that he receives a tempting offer from a French manager.

Director:

Marco Ferreri
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Credited cast:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Antonio Focaccia
Annie Girardot ... Maria
Achille Majeroni ... Majoroni
Filippo Pompa Marcelli Filippo Pompa Marcelli ... Bruno
Ermelinda De Felice Ermelinda De Felice ... Sister Furgonicino (as Linda De Felice)
Elvira Paolini Elvira Paolini ... Chambermaid
Ugo Rossi Ugo Rossi ... Ponszoner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva Belami Eva Belami
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A modest Neapolitan man meets a young woman with excessive hairiness. He exhibits her at fairs and marries her.It is after marriage that he receives a tempting offer from a French manager.

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Based on the life of Julia Pastrana, a Mexican sideshow performer in the 1800s. As shown in this film (which was not shown in the version released in Paris), Julia died giving birth to a son with her condition, and her husband/manager exhibited their mummified bodies as a sideshow. See more »

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A rare example of human cruelty...
18 May 2001 | by gerotermineSee all my reviews

Can the human greed make use of a woman as well as Antonio Focaccia does? Well, Marco Ferreri says it does!

The plot: a man, Antonio Focaccia (played by Ugo Tognazzi), meets a woman, Maria (played by Annie Girardot), full of hair on her body. Antonio makes Maria to become a freak to earn a lot of money, and he gets married with her, too. Their business have a great success, but......

I was struck by Antonio's cruelty and wickedness and by ability of Marco Ferreri to get ahead with plot.

A good movie.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 January 1964 (Italy) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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