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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?


Director Billy Wilder refused to allow anymore cuts to this film. United Artists had already cut 12 minutes prior to a preview in Santa Barbara, and the screening had gone poorly with the audience, who were laughing during the wrong parts of the film. See more »


When Doctor Vando and Dutch meet in the bar at approximately 30 minutes into the film, there is a closeup of Vando's earring. At the end of the scene as Doctor Vando leaves the bar (approximately 34 minutes), Vando points at his earring. This time, the earring is considerably thinner and smaller. See more »


Barry Detweiler: [Dutch insists on paying for their drinks so Dr. Vando will leave without finding the script he slipped into his coat pocket] No, no. It's on me. Please let me.
Doctor Vando: Why?
Barry Detweiler: Because I'm crazy about you, Doc.
Doctor Vando: [referring to the gold hoop in his left ear] Don't let this earring fool you.
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References Anna Karenina (1935) See more »


Valse triste
('Sad Waltz'), Op. 44, No. 1
Composed by Jean Sibelius
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Mesmerising and Historically Valuable
30 June 2000 | by djj-2See all my reviews

I wish to defend Fedora somewhat from the sole previous IMDB reviewer. It is not a great movie such as "Sunset Boulevard" but it is hugely enjoyable and a real treat for anyone interested in old Hollywood, and the bitter-sweet quality of fading glamour.

Since the death of Marlene Dietrich, and especially with the publication of a biography by her daughter Maria Riva, it is now clear that Fedora is a direct portrait of Ms. Dietrich with much telling accurate detail.

Billy Wilder knew Dietrich and old Hollywood well, and even though made in the 70's, the film captures a genuine essence probably for the last time as figures from the golden age of film have since then moved into retirement and sadly largely slipped the mortal coil.

The real story of the EXTRAORDINARY Ms. Dietrich is better than any of her movies, and Fedora tells some of that story. It makes for more comfortable viewing than Maximillian Schell's documentary "Marlene".

Wilder is an intelligent director, which makes "Fedora" worthwhile viewing. I have always found "Sunset Boulevard" a little too arch and self-consciously aware; "Fedora" is a more lyrical piece by the director as an older man.

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Release Date:

13 September 1978 (France) See more »

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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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