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City of Women (1980)

La città delle donne (original title)
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A businessman finds himself trapped at a hotel and threatened by women en masse.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Bernardino Zapponi (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Snàporaz
Anna Prucnal ... Elena
Bernice Stegers ... Woman on train
Jole Silvani Jole Silvani ... Motorcyclist (as Iole Silvani)
Donatella Damiani ... Donatella (Woman on roller skates)
Ettore Manni ... Dr. Xavier Katzone
Fiammetta Baralla Fiammetta Baralla ... Oliver Hardy
Hélène Calzarelli Hélène Calzarelli ... Feminist (as Hélène G. Calzarelli)
Catherine Carrel Catherine Carrel ... Commandant
Marcello Di Falco Marcello Di Falco ... Slave
Silvana Fusacchia Silvana Fusacchia ... Skater
Gabriella Giorgelli ... Fishwoman of San Leo
Dominique Labourier ... Feminist
Stéphane Emilfork Stéphane Emilfork ... Feminist
Sylvie Matton 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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Women See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,244, 21 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,244, 21 February 2016
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 74981 delivered on 27-3-1980. See more »

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When Mastroianni is following Bernice Stegers in the woods in the beginning of the movie, reflection of the crew can be seen clearly in her sunglasses. See more »

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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?
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Fellini does feminism.
28 June 2005 | by squelchoSee all my reviews

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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