What? (film)

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Quoi Polanski.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byRoman Polanski
Produced byCarlo Ponti
Written byRoman Polanski
Gérard Brach
StarringMarcello Mastroianni
Sydne Rome
Hugh Griffith
Romolo Valli
Dieter Hallervorden
Carlo delle Piane
Mogens von Gadow
Music byClaudio Gizzi[1]
CinematographyMarcello Gatti
Giuseppe Ruzzolini
Release date
December 7, 1972
Running time
110 minutes

What? (Che?, also variously titled Quoi?, Was?, and Diary of Forbidden Dreams) is a 1972 comedy film written and directed by Roman Polanski and 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 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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