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City of Women (1980)

La città delle donne (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 April 1981 (USA)
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A businessman finds himself trapped at a hotel and threatened by women en masse.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Snàporaz
... Elena
... Woman on train
Jole Silvani ... Motorcyclist (as Iole Silvani)
... Donatella (Woman on roller skates)
... Dr. Xavier Katzone
Fiammetta Baralla ... Oliver Hardy
Hélène Calzarelli ... Feminist (as Hélène G. Calzarelli)
Catherine Carrel ... Commandant
Marcello Di Falco ... Slave
Silvana Fusacchia ... Skater
... Fishwoman of San Leo
Dominique Labourier ... Feminist
Stéphane Emilfork ... Feminist
Sylvie Matton ... Feminist (as Sylvie Mayer)
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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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City of Women  »

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$6,244, 21 February 2016, Limited Release

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$6,244, 21 February 2016
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Trivia

Stefan Liberski, who was an extra in Fellini's film, wrote a novel, based on his experience, 'La cité des femmes' (Albin Michel, 2018, 280 p., ISBN : 978-2-226-40218-9). 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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City of Women
4 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Kind of shrill and not very subtle, but nonetheless fascinating. Marcello Mastroianni plays "Snaporaz" (Fellini's nickname for the actor), who gets lost in a nightmare world where he is confronted with feminism, absurd satires of machismo and sexual fantasies and confusion. This film doesn't seem to have a very good reputation, even among Fellini fans, but I was mostly enthralled with its strange, unpredictable rhythms, visually astonishing sets, sense of humor and dreamworld logic. The cinematography (by Guiseppe Rotunno, who did a number of other Fellini films, as well as ALL THAT JAZZ, with which this picture shares some similarities) is delightful and the score is a mix of the usual carnivalesque tunes and eerie, more modern sounds... and one hell of a great Italo-disco song. Some parts are annoying or just too long, but overall it's my favorite of Fellini's later career, a surreal amusement about masculine fear and self-loathing.


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