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City of Women

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Marcello Mastroianni and Bernice Stegers in Federico Fellini’s
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Time Out says

Will Fellini ever learn to count beyond eight and a half? As Snaporaz (a discreetly ageing Mastroianni, still the alter egoist and flattering mirror image of his director) dozes off in a train to be whisked through a nightmare of ultra-militant feminism, here we are again on that familiar gaudy treadmill of Barnum and ballet, circus and comic strip. Yet if much of it verges on self-parody, a few of the set pieces are superb (the Women's Lib congress, every word of which, swears Fellini, was taken verbatim from feminist literature; the homage to the communal masturbatorium the cinema used to be). In his martyrdom, Snaporaz becomes hardly less poignant a creation than Ophüls' Lola Montès; and 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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Release Details

  • Duration:139 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Federico Fellini
  • Screenwriter:Brunello Rondi
  • Cast:
    • Marcello Mastroianni
    • Anna Prucnal
    • Bernice Stegers
    • Iole Silvani
    • Donatella Damiani
    • Ettore Manni
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