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What? (film)

Directed by Roman Polanski
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Written by Roman Polanski
Gérard Brach
Starring Marcello Mastroianni
Sydne Rome
Hugh Griffith
Romolo Valli
Dieter Hallervorden
Carlo delle Piane
Mogens von Gadow
Music by Claudio Gizzi[1]
Cinematography Marcello Gatti
Giuseppe Ruzzolini
Release dates
December 7, 1972
Running time
110 minutes
Country Italy
Language English

What? (Che?, also variously titled Quoi?, Was?, and Diary of Forbidden Dreams) is a 1972 comedy film written and directed by Roman Polanski, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome and Hugh Griffith.[2]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Set in an unnamed coastal city in Italy, the film tells a story of an American girl, Nancy (Sydne Rome) who, after a sexually assault 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). "What?"Polanski-tastic Sick-Fuck Case File #149: . 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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