What? (film)

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Quoi Polanski.jpg
Directed by Roman Polanski
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Written by Roman Polanski and Gérard Brach
Starring Marcello Mastroianni,
Sydne Rome,
Hugh Griffith,
Romolo Valli,
Dieter Hallervorden,
Carlo delle Piane,
Mogens von Gadow
Music by Claudio Gizzi[1]
Release dates
December 7, 1972
Running time
110 min.
Country Italy, France, Germany
Language English, Italian, French

What? (Che?, also variously titled Quoi?, Was?, and Diary of Forbidden Dreams) is a 1973 comedy film written and directed by Roman Polanski, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome and Hugh Griffith.[2]


Set in an unnamed coastal city in Italy, the film tells a story of an American girl, Nancy (Sydne Rome) who, after being sexually assaulted attempt, takes shelter in a villa filled with strange guests. There, she gets into a relationship with a retired pimp Alex (Marcello Mastroianni).



The film was shot on location in Amalfi, Italy, in a villa owned by the producer, Carlo Ponti. Some of the action was improvised.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Composer Claudio Gizzi". Fangoria. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  2. ^ Vincent Canby (1973-10-04). "Che? (1973) Film: X-Rated Polanski: What?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (October 28, 2009). "Polanski-tastic Sick-Fuck Case File #149: What?". The A.V. Club. Onion. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  4. ^ "«Che?» di Roman Polanski Sydne Rome in un mondo di pazzi". Retrieved 27 August 2013. 

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