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Fedora (1978)

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Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.


Billy Wilder


Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Barry Detweiler
Marthe Keller ... Fedora
Hildegard Knef ... The Countess
José Ferrer ... Doctor Vando
Frances Sternhagen ... Miss Balfour
Mario Adorf ... Hotel Manager
Stephen Collins ... Young Barry
Henry Fonda ... President of the Academy
Michael York ... Self (as Micheal York)
Hans Jaray ... Count Sobryanski
Gottfried John ... Kritos
Arlene Francis ... Newscaster
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Head Usher
Christine Mueller Christine Mueller ... Young Antonia
Ellen Schwiers ... Nurse


Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

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Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The movie Fedora is making with Michael York, seen during a flashback sequence, is entitled "The Last Waltz". Coincidentally, Martin Scorsese's real film with that title, The Last Waltz (1978), was made and released at about the same time as this film, both in 1978. Other than sharing the title, they've nothing in common; Scorcese's film was a documentary of The Band as they played their farewell concert. See more »


In the opening scene set in France in 1977, a woman throws herself in the path of a steam train. The last steam locomotives on mainline French railways were withdrawn in 1974, so this could not have happened as shown. See more »


Barry Detweiler: [referring to Fedora] What's wrong with her, Doc?
Doctor Vando: Those treatments. Sometimes they have adverse side effects. You can't cheat nature without paying the price.
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References The Grapes of Wrath (1940) See more »


Valse triste
('Sad Waltz'), Op. 44, No. 1
Composed by Jean Sibelius
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Keep young and beautiful!
23 January 2003 | by kennethwright2612See all my reviews

Billy Wilder revisits the territory of his Hollywood Babylon classic Sunset Boulevard, with the same male lead (William Holden) in an almost identical role as a washed-up screenwriter trying to get to a reclusive and mysteriously ageless one-time screen queen in order to pitch her a comeback script. Story elements include Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray and (off-screen) the many mad-doctor yarns of the 1930s and 1940s in which Boris Karloff messes about with Things We Were Never Meant To Know. Looks great in a brittle and glitzy 1970s way, as befits its scornfully depicted international-rich-white-trash milieu. Essentially it's a sombre but humanistic sermon on the hopeless worship of physical youth and beauty: as a medieval English writer put it, "who sows hope in the flesh reaps bones". A very relevant film for our narcissistic times, its only big flaw is that it's a mighty chilly piece of work, easier to admire than to love.

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English | Greek | French

Release Date:

13 September 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$6,727,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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