The culmination of Fellini’s life-long obsession with the fairer sex, CITY OF WOMEN stars Fellini’s favourite alter-ego, Marcello Mastroianni (LA DOLCE VITA, 8 1/2), as a modern-day Don Juan who tackles middle-age, and feminism, by attempting to bring together all the women in his life – past, present, and future! Underpinning his sexual odyssey is the fantasy that these women (representing different stages of his life) love him so much that they’d be willing to share him – but dream and reality do not easily combine.
The film opens with a train entering a leaf-framed tunnel – Fellini’s homage to the erotic metaphors of American cinema – and soon the understated Mastroianni embarks on a vain yet hilarious search through a maze of beautiful women to find his beau ideal. A surreal, comic book vision of impossible love, the film’s colourful, whimsical touches could only have been created by Fellini.
Franco Rossellini, Renzo Rossellini, Daniel Toscan du Plantier