The Ape Woman
  • Directors(s)

    Marco Ferreri

  • Production Year

    1964

  • Genre(s)

    Drama, Comedy

  • Approx. running minutes

    98m

  • Cast

    Ugo Tognazzi, Antonio Focaccia, Annie Girardot, Achille Majeroni, Ugo Rossi

Film

The Ape Woman

abusive behaviour, racism, sexualised nudity

THE APE WOMAN is an Italian drama film in which a man meets a woman with a lot of body hair and exploits her in a public exhibit.

  • Directors(s)

    Marco Ferreri

  • Production Year

    1964

  • Genre(s)

    Drama, Comedy

  • Approx. running minutes

    98m

  • Cast

    Ugo Tognazzi, Antonio Focaccia, Annie Girardot, Achille Majeroni, Ugo Rossi

theme

There are scenes in which a woman is exploited as part of a 'freak show' for her body hair. A man emotionally manipulates her into thinking that he is doing it for her own benefit, making her perform and act like an 'ape'. He ignores her protests about audience members who become 'too handsy' during shows, and in another sequence, the woman escapes before she is given over to another man interested in her 'virginal status' and needing to examine her naked, claiming he is an expert.

discrimination

There are scenes containing crude and outdated racist stereotypes, including a man in black face, with a shackle and chain around his foot, referred to as slave; there are also tapestries depicting indigenous men as cannibals. There is also use of racist behaviour and language (e.g. 'negro'). Other discriminatory references include a Catholic priest making offensive remarks about Muslims.

sex

Some scenes contain sexualised breast and buttock nudity as a woman performs as part of an erotic dance show.


There are undetailed verbal references to abortion.
UseRuntimeDistributorClassification Date
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The Ape WomanPhysical media + VOD/Streaming98m 0sArgent Films Ltd30/08/2021
The Ape WomanPhysical media + VOD/Streaming88m 53sEmbassy Home Entertainment07/11/1983
  • Classified date

    30/08/2021