Rent City of Women (1980)

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Synopsis:
Federlco Fellini's epic 1980 fantasia introduced the start of the Maestro's delirious late period. A surrealist tour-de-force filmed on soundstages and locations alike, and overflowing with the same sensory (and sensual) invention heretofore found only in the classic movie-musicals (and Fellini's own oeuvre), La citta delle donne (City of Women) taps into the era's restless youth-culture, coalescing into nothing less than Fellini's post-punk opus. Marcello Mastroianni appears as Fellini's alter ego in a semi-reprise of his character from 8 1/2, Snaporaz.
As though passing into a dream, the charismatic avatar finds himself initiated into a phantasmagoric world where women - or an idea of women - have taken power, and which is structured like an array of psychosexual set-pieces - culminating in a bravura hot-air balloon that decisively sticks the "anti" up into "climax". A great adventure "through the looking-glass", as it were, of Fellini's own phallic lens and life-long libidinal ruminations, La citta delle donne sharply divided critics at the 1980 Festival de Cannes, some of whom had merely anticipated a nostalgic retread of the earlier Mastroianni works. What they were greeted with, and what remains today, is, in the words of Serge Daney, "a victory of cinema".
Actors:
, , , , Donatella Damiani, , , , Catherine Carrel, , , , , Stéphane Emilfork, , Meerberger Nahyr, Sibilla Sedat, Katren Gebelein, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Franco Rossellini, Renzo Rossellini, Daniel Toscan du Plantier
Writers:
Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi
Aka:
La città delle donne
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2013
Run Time:
140 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Italian
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • A Dream of Women, a 31-minute documentary on the making of the film
  • Notes on City of Women, a 61-minute documentary about Fellini's film
  • Dante Ferretti: A Builder of Dreams, a 22-minute interview with the great production designer behind the film
  • A 12-minute video piece with filmmaker Tinto Brass discussing Fellini
  • Original Italian and French Theatrical Trailers
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes:
- Special Features
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2013
Run Time:
140 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Italian
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • A Dream of Women, a 31-minute documentary on the making of the film
  • Notes on City of Women, a 61-minute documentary about Fellini's film
  • Dante Ferretti: A Builder of Dreams, a 22-minute interview with the great production designer behind the film
  • A 12-minute video piece with filmmaker Tinto Brass discussing Fellini
  • Original Italian and French Theatrical Trailers

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Women on top - City of Women review by MW

Spoiler Alert

A bewildered Marcello Mastroianni totters through a hopeless, plotless series of semi erotic encounters with a monstrous regiment of females at the height of the women's lib movement. The women are presented as gorgons and Mastroianni as an emasculated lech. This is a middle-aged director's fantasy gone horribly wrong: Fellini suffering his worst ever writer's block.

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