The Ape Woman
|The Ape Woman|
|Directed by||Marco Ferreri|
|Written by||Rafael Azcona|
|Produced by||Carlo Ponti|
|Edited by||Mario Serandrei|
|Music by||Teo Usuelli|
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.
In 2008, the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved.
Marie, the "Ape Woman", is completely covered with hair; the entrepreneur Focaccia 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 man who insists on her virginity, but she is a little reluctant. After tasting success in Paris, she dies during childbirth. Focaccia recovers her mummy from the museum of natural history and exhibits it in Naples.
- 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
The Ape Woman was released in 4K restoration on Blu-ray and digital platforms on 11 October 2021.
- ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Ape Woman". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
- ^ 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" [One hundred films and an Italy not to be forgotten]. Movieplayer (in Italian). Retrieved 15 October 2021.
- ^ "Ecco i cento film italiani da salvare" [Here are the hundred Italian films worth saving]. Corriere della Sera. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
- ^ "The Ape Woman". Film Authority. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
- ^ Bradshaw, Peter (7 October 2021). "The Ape Woman review – freakshow satire with bizarre alternative-ending payoff". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
- 1964 films
- 1964 drama films
- 1960s Italian-language films
- 1960s French-language films
- French black-and-white films
- Italian black-and-white films
- Films directed by Marco Ferreri
- Films with screenplays by Rafael Azcona
- 1960s multilingual films
- French multilingual films
- Italian multilingual films
- 1960s French films
- 1960s Italian films
- French-language Italian films
- 1960s Italian film stubs
- 1960s French film stubs