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And the Ship Sails On (1983)

E la nave va (original title)
In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers.

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Orlando
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Ildebranda Cuffari
Victor Poletti ...
Aureliano Fuciletto
Peter Cellier ...
Sir Reginald J. Dongby
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Teresa Valegnani
Norma West ...
Lady Violet Dongby Albertini
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Il Maestro Albertini
Sarah-Jane Varley ...
Dorotea
Fiorenzo Serra ...
Il Granduca
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La Principessa Lherimia
Pasquale Zito ...
Il Conte di Bassano
Linda Polan ...
Ines Ruffo Saltini
Philip Locke ...
Il Primo Ministro
Jonathan Cecil ...
Ricotin
Maurice Barrier ...
Ziloev
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In July 1914 a luxury cruise ship leaves Italy with the ashes of the famous opera singer Tetua. The boat is filled with her friends, opera singers, actors and all kinds of exotic people. Life is sweet the first days, but on the third day the captain has to save a a large number of Serbian refugees from the sea, refugees who has escaped the first tremors of WWI. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The song "Rhinoceros", by Utah Saints on their album Two, contains a sample of Michael Stipe, the R.E.M. singer, detailing the scenario of this film . See more »

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Orlando: Pum pum? The mountain's mouth? But it's a volcano's mouth. We're sitting on a volcano's mouth. Now I understood the metaphor! A tragedy.
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Clair de Lune
Composed by Claude Debussy
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A gallery of Europeans before the volcano erupts.
21 February 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

"E la nave va" is one of the best films made by Fellini, which I see as the best film director ever. Just two personal comments about it. First, I have seen it in 1985, when in Romania a dark dictatorship saved hard currency by preventing foreign films to be imported. It was presented during a festival arranged by the Italian Embassy. Combine the local cultural desert and the post-modern style of this film and you'll understand why, after the film ended, I wanted to have just a walk-on part on it. My wife just proposed to pay the projectionist to run it again. The second comment is about a strange premonition Fellini had about the conflict in Serbia/Yougoslavia. Each time I see "E la nave va", I'm deeply moved about the ending, masterly contrasting bold opera music and the vanishing of a certain Europe.


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