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Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.
An ambitious Hollywood hustler becomes involved with a reclusive female star whom he tries to lure out of retirement.
I just don't know what to make of this movie. Fedora was a movie I had wanted to see for the longest time and had never been able to find a copy of it anywhere. It was not easy since it had never been released on DVD until only very recently. It was the only Billy Wilder film I had not seen and had such high hopes for the film.
Maybe it did not help that I thought that this was a comedy, which this movie is not, because I was certainly disappointed in the final result. Maybe I was just expecting too much and I should give it another chance a few years from now. This was Billy Wilder's second to last film before retiring from directing.
Fedora: "They don't make those pictures anymore."
President of the Academy: "That's because they don't make women like you anymore."
The second to last film from director Billy Wilder makes for a nice companion piece with his 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard. Much like Sunset Boulevard, Fedora stars William Holden and tells a story concerning an aging actress from old Hollywood. Obviously it's nowhere near as good as Sunset Boulevard, but it's still pretty good. William Holden gives a terrific performance and everyone else does good too. Fedora has some great scenes scattered throughout and overall is a more than solid film. I'd recommend it. 7/10
You've all heard of or seen Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder's cynical kick in Hollywood's balls. But he also made another film vaguely centered around the same subject, namely Fedora (1978). Also this time he chose William Holden as the leading man, and there's an eccentric retired actress...
Barry Detweiler (Holden) is an independent producer trying to revive his career by bringing back the long ago retired Fedora from hiding, to star in his new film The Snows of Yesteryear - a new version of Anna Karenina. Towards the end the story becomes a bit too unlikely and the old woman's behavior a bit too eccentric, but the first hour or so is perhaps some of the darkest and most cynical…
Intriguing but desperately flawed late Wilder with strong echoes of SUNSET BOULEVARD.
I really enjoyed the use of narrative in this movie. As the story develops, there are details revealed which drastically alter the audiences perspective on the story. Along with numerous satirical bits, this film succeeds to be a witty and glamourous psychological thriller. Because of the audiences willingness to believe, character's actions aren't judged, however as we learn more about the world Wilder creates our the characters become darker and desperate.
"Fedora" was Billy Wilder's last masterpiece, a perfect companion piece to "Sunset Boulevard" down to the casting of William Holden as the male lead, (here he's a down-on-his-luck producer rather than a struggling writer), and it is shamefully undervalued as if the film's very artifice isn't worth taking seriously, (indeed someone described the film to me as being so camp all the female roles should be played by drag-queens, missing the point by a mile). While at times darkly funny and certainly cynical, it is also deeply moving in ways we simply don't expect from Wilder. This is a movie that betrays an old master's love of movies, no longer biting the hand that feeds him but longing for the…
La película más triste firmada por Billy Wilder, y también la mas infravalorada. Una nueva radiografía del mundo del cine, mucho más cruel que Sunset Boulevard, si es que eso es posible.
Fictional star study that is fun, silly, and probably not as far fetched as it seems.
A companion piece to Sunset Boulevard, though not as great.
Another hunt for a reclusive movie star that ends in tragedy finds Billy Wilder in a bit of a Holden pattern... but I guess if anyone has the right to riff off of Sunset Boulevard, it's Billy Wilder. Oddly dated by the choice to have Michael York play himself rather than a fictional character.
New Hollywood anxieties.
Bitter and hysterical, but revealing.
Παραγωγός του Hollywood προσπαθεί να πείσει μεγάλη σταρ του παρελθόντος που έχει απομονωθεί και εγκαταλείψει το χώρο του κινηματογράφου από πολλά χρόνια πριν, να επιστρέψει στο κουρμπέτι εν όψει ταινίας που ετοιμάζει. Η συνάντησή του όμως με τη γηραιά κυρία θα έχει πολλές εκπλήξεις γι΄ αυτόν.
Η προτελευταία ταινία της καριέρας του γίγαντα Billy Wilder έχει αρκετές ομοιότητες και παρόμοιο προβληματισμό με το αριστούργημα τόσο το δικό του όσο και του κινηματογράφου γενικότερα, Sunset Boulevard.Από τον πρωταγωνιστή William Holden μέχρι το γεγονός ότι από την πρώτη σκηνή της ταινίας μαθαίνουμε ότι η σταρ Fedora του τίτλου έχει πεθάνει παρακολουθώντας έτσι την υπόθεση σε flashback,οι δυο ταινίες έχουν αρκετά κοινά όσον αφορά την κριτική ματιά στο Hollywood και τον τρόπο που…
Sunset Boulevard, reconstructured for another era (which is not that different, really). The defeatish tone might suit the story a bit, but prove really sluggish when combined with its datedness. Still kind of watchable, because the melancholy behind the story, the film's production, and Wilder hilmself feels real and weighty, giving it the power of an era gone by. It's not especially good, but strangely would not be an unappropriate last film for him either.
I'm probably reading it wrong, but the whole thing felt like bitter ramblings of an old director who can't or doesn't want adapt to new times. Wilder's worst. Doesn't work on any level, especially when it becomes an exposition avalanche in the second part.
My personal ranking of Billy Wilder's films. The first four are tied for the #1 spot.