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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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Genres:

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

Gross USA:

$12,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,516
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to Marcello Mastroianni, the role of Snàporaz was offered to Dustin Hoffman. He declined after he couldn't convince Federico Fellini to shoot the movie in direct sound rather than dubbing it afterwards. Hoffman feared dubbing himself would compromise his performance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Christmas Rematch (2004) See more »

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Una donna senza un uomo è
Music and Lyrics by Mary Francolao
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Of all the Fellini films, this is probably his most erotic
16 September 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

It is not as much a study of eroticism as it is one man's erotic fantasy about the battle between the sexes…

A rich, horny Italian (Mastroianni) meets a woman on a train… When the train stops, he follows her into a lonely wood, which becomes a futuristic world of forceful women who have almost entirely destroyed completely all men in their society…

Mastroianni's character is left alive as a curiosity piece… His experiences carry him deeper and deeper into this bizarre fantasy city… The film never fully provides passion and erotic lusts, but is tickling and stimulating pleasantly none the less... Fellini's point—that women resent the fact that men are easily excited—is most effectively carried by Donatella Damiani, a buxom and very beautiful young actress who runs nearly naked throughout the movie…

Although the film never tires, it never quite completes its erotic expectations either, giving priority to consider carefully its own bizarre reality… It has elements of science fiction and adventure, but is more exactly a fantasy on the estrangement between men and women...


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