Fedora
Fedora (1978)

A faltering producer is bent on resurrecting his career by bringing a popular -- and eternally youthful looking -- actress out of seclusion to star in his next picture.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 6, 1992
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73%
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62%


Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

This one seethes with authentic nostalgia; Wilder's attempt not merely to eulogize earlier styles but to revive them feels somewhat embalmed.

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Time Out

A shamefully underrated film, Fedora is Wilder's testament and one of the most sublime achievements of the '70s.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

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.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

Wilder may have been a genius, but not everything a genius does is a work of genius. Fedora is a curiosity, not a lost masterpiece.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Trust Wilder to know what he's doing, even during the deliberate clichés. See it like that, and I bet you'll like it. See it with a straight face, and you'll think it's boring and obvious.

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Melissa Anderson
Artforum

This wearying nostalgia for golden-age moviemaking aside, Fedora exposes, through a major plot twist I won't give away, the off-screen pathologies that constitute the nightmares of the dream factory.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Fedora is old-fashioned with a vengeance, a proud, passionate remembrance of the way movies used to be, and a bitter smile at what they have become.

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Carson Lund
Slant Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
Fedora(Marthe Keller), the great actress, is dead. Presiding over her spectacle of a funeral in Paris is Dr. Vando(Jose Ferrer), Countess… More