Che? (1972)

Italy, France, West Germany, 1972
35mm film, Todd-AO 35, Technicolor, 2.35:1

An Italian/French/German horror film directed by Roman Polanski.

Plot Summary

A young American woman is on a trip to Italy when she stumbles across a very strange Mediterranean villa. The longer she stays, The more she begins to doubt that what she’s seeing is real and she enters a surreal world straight out of Alice in Wonderland.


Director: Roman Polanski
Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion, Les Films Concordia
Producer: Carlo Ponti
Script: Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski
Directors of Photography: Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini
Editor: Alastair McIntyre
Music: Claudio Gizzi; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven
Sound Mixer: Bernard Bats
Costume Designer: Adriana Berselli
Make Up: Giuseppe Banchelli
Production Designer: Aurelio Crugnola

Marcello Mastroianni (Alex)
Sydne Rome (Nancy)
Hugh Griffith (Joseph Noblart)
Guido Alberti (priest)
Gianfranco Piacentini (Tony)
Carlo Delle Piane
Mario Bussolino
Henning SchlÜter (Catone)
Christiane Barry (dresser)
Pietro Tordi
Nerina Montagnani
Mogens von Gadow, Dieter Hallervorden (Germans)
Elisabeth Witte (nurse)
John Karlsen (Edward)
Livio Galassi
Alvaro Vitali
Luigi Bonos
Carla Mancini
Romolo Valli (Giovanni)
Franco Pesci

Alternative Titles

Co? – Poland
Diary of Forbidden Dreams – USA
Mikä? – Finland
¿Qué? – Argentina, Venezuela
Quoi? – France
Was? – West Germany
What? – UK, USA



  • Cineforum no.120 (February 1973) pp.181-188 – article
  • CinemaTV Today no.10082 (11 May 1974) p.36 – review
  • Films and Filming vol.20 no.9 (June 1974) p.45 – review
  • Filmwoche no.45 (23 August 1972) p.10 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.228 no.22 (10 October 1973) p.8 – review
  • Image et Son no.272 (May 1973) pp.119-120 – review
  • Jeune Cinéma no.71 (June 1973) pp.41-43 – review
  • Kino vol.23 no.6 (June 1989) pp.19-22 – article
  • Monogram no.6 (October 1975) pp.22-25 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.41 no.484 (May 1974) pp.94-95 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Movietone News no.62-63 (29 December 1979) p.46 – review
  • Variety 10 January 1973 p.18 – credits, review


  • Film Review 1974-75 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.212

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide January 2013 p.19 – illustrated listing