The Ape Woman

The Ape Woman

Film poster
Directed by Marco Ferreri
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Written by Rafael Azcona
Marco Ferreri
Starring Ugo Tognazzi
Music by Teo Usuelli
Cinematography Aldo Tonti
Edited by Mario Serandrei
Release dates
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

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.[1] 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.[2][3][4]


Marie, the "Ape Woman" (Annie Girardot), is completely covered with hair; the entrepreneur Focaccia (Ugo Tognazzi) 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.


See also


  1. "Festival de Cannes: The Ape Woman". Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  2. Massimo Bertarelli, Il cinema italiano in 100 film: i 100 film da salvare, Gremese Editore, 2004, ISBN 88-8440-340-5.
  3. Massimo Borriello (4 March 2008). "Cento film e un'Italia da non dimenticare". Movieplayer. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  4. "Ecco i cento film italiani da salvare". Corriere della Sera. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
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