This film marked a teaming of director Billy Wilder and actor William Holden.
Starting today, Friday, the rarely-seen Fedora has a week-long engagement in downtown Manhattan at Film Forum: FilmForum.org.
Fedora is ready to make a comeback. Dutch Detweiler, veteran Hollywood producer, will help her break out of retirement and reclusiveness. There's a Hollywood legend to Fedora that we will learn. She's like a mixture of Garbo and Dietrich. What are her beauty secrets? What are her demons? How will Hollywood treat her? How old is she? We'll find out as Barry "Dutch" Detweiler takes us into the strange Hollywood story.
Director Billy Wilder had a talent for directing other directors. In Sunset Blvd., he directed film directors Erich von Stroheim, Buster Keaton and Cecil B. DeMille. In Stalag 17, he gave acting orders to film director Otto Preminger. In Fedora, he gets a rich supporting performance from Broadway/film director and actor José Ferrer.
In flashbacks, actor Stephen Collins plays the young Dutch Detweiler. On Twitter, I asked Collins how he came to be cast in Billy Wilder's movie. He tweeted back "I was cast in Fedora from a photo cuz Billy Wilder thought my dimples matched Holden's."