What? (Diary of Forbidden Dreams)
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One of Roman Polanski's lesser-known films, Diary of Forbidden Dreams (also known as What?) stars Sydne Rome as an attractive young hitchhiker who, as the film opens, accepts a ride from three men in a car, who later attempt to rape her. She escapes their clutches and makes her way to a mansion owned by millionaire Joseph Noblart (Hugh Griffith), who is overseeing a decadent party. Among the guests at his home are a pair of table-tennis players, a man with a harpoon (played by Polanski himself), and a hedonistic pimp played by Marcello Mastroianni. The woman's sexually charged… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The girl, the villa and the performances are beautiful enough to bridge those sequences when the film, like its heroine, seems searching for explanations that will never be found."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A terrible self-indulgent piece of misogynist trash from an otherwise great director."
‑ Jamie McLeish, Film4
"The whole thing is as delicate and insubstantial as the pink rose petals that fall when Nancy and Giovanni duet on the Mozart Piano Sonata -- and just as appealing."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"All suitably throwaway, it's held together by our own curiosity and Polanski's obvious delight in observing such strange goings-on in rich summer villas."
‑ , Time Out
"This haphazard fantasy is of interest chiefly to devotees of Roman Polanski and, even more so, of Gerard Brach, his longtime screenwriting collaborator."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I wonder how much Carlo Ponti gave Roman Polanski to make Diary of Forbidden Dreams. Ten cents would have been excessive."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Polanski subjects his frequently nude and always naïve Alice in Wonderland to attempted rapes, dialogue so sexist and misogynistic as to play like parody, and a reliance on that old cliché that women always want sex, you just have to force them into it."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
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