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Fedora (Blu-ray) PG

Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 28, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1978
  • Label: Olive Films
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh69%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 16

Upright61%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 524
Rating: 3/5 -- There's a lot of awkwardness to Fedora, from a sluggish pace to an awful bit of last-minute overdubbing that mars two performances, but there's a lot of fascination in it. Full Review
The Dissolve
Nov 10, 2014
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The offhand jabs at the dissolution of orthodox craftsmanship in 1970s cinema are overwhelmed by a deeper core of autocritique played out in the film's downward trajectory. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Sep 2, 2014
Included in the New York Times's 10 BEST FILMS OF 1979
New York Times
Dec 30, 1979
The deliberate and sometimes dismaying anachronisms are signs of a deep, unshakable commitment to a personal aesthetic -- a commitment that is sometimes more moving than anything in the film itself. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Aug 14, 2007
This one seethes with authentic nostalgia; Wilder's attempt not merely to eulogize earlier styles but to revive them feels somewhat embalmed. Full Review
New Yorker
Sep 5, 2014
A shamefully underrated film, Fedora is Wilder's testament and one of the most sublime achievements of the '70s. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
The plot illustrates more than it excites, and sits on the edges of the baroque or grotesque. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Aug 15, 2019

Product Description:

Billy Wilder's knowing, deliberately old-fashioned homage to a bygone age of filmmaking, it stars William Holden as producer Barry Detweiler. In flashbacks, the producer recalls his efforts to coax aging movie queen Fedora (Marthe Keller) out of retirement, while attending her funeral. Not long before, he had tried to penetrate the phalanx of functionaries who protected the star at the Greek island villa of her friend, the Countess Sobryanski (Hildegard Knef) without success. When Barry accidentally bumped into the actress in town, looking amazingly well, she claimed that she was at the mercy of her caretakers, but asked him to send her his script. Following a series of frustratingly mixed signals from Fedora, she arrives one night at Barry's hotel in desperation, but is quickly seized and conjured away by her plastic surgeon Dr. Vandos (Jose Ferrer), and her chauffeur Kritos (Gottfried John). The next day, the producer returns to the villa, and is knocked unconscious by the chauffeur. Although his penultimate film, this is truly the director's farewell to moviemaking, an absorbing meditation on age, beauty, and the perils of practicing a profession of illusion.

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  • Henry Fonda and Jose Ferrer make brief appearances as themselves.

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