City of Women (1980)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire, Fantasy Comedy, Surrealist Film  |   Run Time - 139 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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 (Marcello Mastroianni) is traveling in a compartment on a train when he lapses into sleep and dreams the ensuing story. He follows a woman off the train and through a field and then loses her. Soon, as a representative of the male sex in general he finds himself in a hotel, among myriad women attending a feminist conference. Surreal episodes take him through a villa with his alter-ego Dr. Katzone (Ettore Manni, who died during filming) and references to his sexual exploits. Reunited with his former wife for a moment, he starts another sequence which reviews his past.

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battle-of-the-sexes, chauvinist, dream, fantasy, fulfillment, hostage, reality, sex, sexual-fantasy, theme-park, train [locomotive]