Fedora, a Hollywood legend who never seems to age, commits suicide. When her friend and confidant, producer Dutch Detweiler, becomes suspicious of the circumstances surrounding her death, he uncovers a truth stranger than any Tinseltown fantasy.
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A movie from the 40s made in the 70s. Wrongly described as a sequel of "Sunset Boulevard", "Fedora" is a story about identity crisis, and Wilder made an analysis to the death of his cinema, of the Hollywood glamour, extinct with the new era. That old cinema, now a museum piece, tries here to resurrect. And even it is impossible on a technical level, Wilder could get it at a moral and symbolic way.
Un indéniable chef-d'oeuvre du grand Billy Wilder, étonnant film à méandres et à tiroirs, entre vérité et mensonge, apparence et réalité, qui aborde avec bonheur le thème mythique de la star, de l'illusion cinématographique et de la cruelle ambivalence de l'acteur. www.cinefiches.com
Marthe Keller just doesn't have the magic needed to keep this film afloat, and the film is a botch. Nice try, but just sad in the end, with some rather nasty digs at changing audience tastes and a few too many dated gay jokes.
Truly a weird film. Despite being made in the late 70s, it looks and feels like it’s a gothic horror story from the 40s: the orchestrated music, (over)acting, the flavours of Hollywood glamour, and the story itself about stardom, faked lives, insanity, obsession... Like its main character, the whole movie seems to have landed in a future it doesn’t belong to. But that’s what Wilder aimed at, I reckon.