The Ape Woman
|The Ape Woman|
|Directed by||Marco Ferreri|
|Produced by||Carlo Ponti|
|Written by||Rafael Azcona
|Music by||Teo Usuelli|
|Editing by||Mario Serandrei|
|Running time||100 minutes|
The Ape Woman (Italian: La donna scimmia, French: Le Mari de la femme à barbe) is a 1964 Italian-French drama film directed by Marco Ferreri. It was entered into the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. The film was inspired by the real-life story of Julia Pastrana a 19th-century woman exploited as a freak show attraction by her manager Theodore Lent.
The "Ape Woman" is Annie Girardot, completely covered with hair; the entrepreneur Tognazzi discovers her in a convent in Naples; he marries her (a condition imposed by the nuns) and begins exhibiting her to the public. He tries to sell her to a funny guy who insists on her virginity, but she is a little reluctant. After tasting success in Paris, she dies during childbirth. Tognazzi recovers her mummy from the museum of natural history and exhibits it in Naples. The subject looks a little camp, but the film is considered one of the most touching of Ferreri's.
- Ugo Tognazzi as Antonio Focaccia
- Annie Girardot as Maria
- Achille Majeroni as Majoroni
- Filippo Pompa Marcelli as Bruno
- Ermelinda De Felice as Sister Furgonicino (as Linda De Felice)
- Elvira Paolini as Chambermaid
- Ugo Rossi as Ponszoner
- "Festival de Cannes: The Ape Woman". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
- Massimo Bertarelli, Il cinema italiano in 100 film: i 100 film da salvare, Gremese Editore, 2004, ISBN 88-8440-340-5.
- Massimo Borriello (4 March 2008). "Cento film e un'Italia da non dimenticare". Movieplayer. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- "Ecco i cento film italiani da salvare". Corriere della Sera. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
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