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: June 29, 1978
DVD Release Date: May 6, 1992
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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

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
jay nixon
Wants to say something about illusion and the foolishness of the pursuit of youth but comes across as unfocused. Not dreadful but far from top flight Wilder.
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