City of Women (La città delle donne)
City of Women (La città delle donne) (1981)

In this dream-sequence film, renowned Italian director Federico Fellini expounds at length on the nature, complexities, attitudes, and hang-ups of women and how this all relates to men "hunting" sexual conquests. Snaporaz… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 8, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

In a flash Fellini establishes a humorous dream state that is then sustained with remarkable zest and ingenuity for the duration of the ride.

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Gilbert Adair
Time Out

Only a pinchpenny soul could denigrate the generosity, the sheer fertility of the Maestro's invention in this curate's egg by Fabergé.

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People Magazine

What if women took over the world? That's the premise of this hypnotically alluring Federico Fellini film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Federico Fellini covers his bets in this hallucinatory survey of the women's movement -- it isn't reactionary enough to offend or progressive enough to matter.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is no longer enough that Fellini deal with the ways women tantalize, dominate, and possess his male heroes. Now he must also deal with the women themselves. For Fellini, this is probably not nearly so much fun.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Masochistic, misogynistic, City of Women is a flamboyant, sophisticated series of set pieces, a boastful apologia pro vita sua.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

What baffled me was, not why Fellini didn't see that the film wasn't very good but that he didn't recognize its familiarity, didn't know how much he was repeating himself.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Wonderfully uninhibited.

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TV Guide

Plotless but undoubtedly Fellini. Federico Fellini's psychedelic exploration of feminine mysteries is another visual tour de force in an elaborate dream framework, with a ponderous tone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Despite using his favorite alter-ego, Marcello, the Maestro's fantastical exploration of old age and feminism did not really work for me with this intial… More
Dimitris Springer
Effeminate and the most feminist of all Fellini's films,none can forget features made by Russ Meyer but this one does require a second re-read.While on one… More
Eric Broome
"City of Women" is an extreme example of a film that rewards patience. It's well worth seeing, but also signals the start of Federico… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Federico Fellini's "City of Women" starts with a train going into a tunnel.(How's that for phallic symbolism?) On that… More