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3,080 Ratings


Directed by Billy Wilder
France, West Germany, 1978
Drama, Romance


Washed-up producer Barry ‘Dutch’ Detweiler attempts to lure the iconic but reclusive actress Fedora out of retirement in a bid to revive both their careers. But her privacy is hard won, and with good reason. When she commits suicide, Detweiler becomes suspicious and decides to investigate further.

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Fedora Directed by Billy Wilder
Most remarkably for Wilder, within the film itself we find a carefully controlled veering of tone toward the registers of horror and the grotesque—even giallo.
May 04, 2020
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As veiled self-portraits go in cinema, this is one of the most moving ones.
May 20, 2013
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There is more love in this structurally messy work than in any number of conventionally bathetic romances. Its spare classical style, its sense of character, and its occasional romantic excesses are all very much Old Hollywood (and Wilder has even included a jeremiad against the new boys in town). But 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.
April 13, 1979
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