Ginger and Fred (1986)
"Ginger e Fred" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 March 1986 (USA)
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Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. It's both a touchingly nostalgic ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amelia Bonetti / Ginger
Pippo Botticella / Fred
Show host
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Admiral Aulenti (as Frederick Ledebur)
Augusto Poderosi ...
Martin Maria Blau ...
Assistant director
Jacques Henri Lartigue ...
Brother Gerolamo (as Jacques Henry Lartigue)
Totò Mignone ...
Totò (as Toto Mignone)
Ezio Marano ...
The Intellectual
Antoine Saint-John ...
Bandaged man (as Antoine Saint Jean)
Kidnapped Industrialist (as Frederich Thun)
Antonino Iuorio ...
TV Inspector (as Antonio Iuorio)
Barbara Scoppa ...
Elisabetta Flumeri ...
Salvatore Billa ...


Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. It's both a touchingly nostalgic journey into the past, and a viciously satirical attack on television in general and Italian TV in particular, portraying it as a mindless freakshow aimed at morons Written by Michael Brooke <>

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The movie that watches television through the eyes of Fellini.


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Release Date:

28 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Federico Fellini's Ginger & Fred  »

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$835,060 (USA)

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On August 15th, 1985, two months after filming had wrapped, director Federico Fellini fell ill due to a mini stroke. Fortunately, the ailment did not have any lasting negative effects on his health. See more »


Featured in Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997) See more »

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The last great Fellini movie
5 October 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I think this is the last great Federico Fellini picture. Maybe it's not as classic as "I vitelloni", "La strada", "Le notti di Cabiria", "La dolce vita", "Otto e mezzo" and "Amarcord", but it's a return to a more comedy style and it's one of the most accessible works of the Maestro as well.

"Ginger e Fred" (1985) comes after a series of more experimental films from Fellini. In this satirical comedy about TV power, a couple of old dancers reunite for a Christmas show. They enter a world where everything is taken for making audience, the two and their art are just caricatures... But who cares? The only important thing is audience.

In this feature Fellini warns about TV dangers -in a very sarcastic way he anticipates what TV is today with all these Reality shows.

The film is a typical Fellini picture -the story has not a real plot, it's a voyage where strange people (also in a physical way!) meet, we always can find exaggerated and ambiguous situations...

At the same time there's a lot of tenderness between the two dancers, superbly played by Marcello Mastroianni (who starred in several Fellini works) and Giulietta Masina (the actual Fellini's wife). It's useless to say that the chemistry between the two main actors is rally great.

It's quite a nostalgic movie -it seems that Fellini looks back and thinks about a world in which fantasy and creativity could be expressed in a better way, whereas TV kills everything.

The two subsequent films of the Italian director ("Intervista" and "La voce della luna") are rather minor -although poetic they're not as fresh and simple as "Ginger e Fred".

We miss Federico, Giulietta and Marcello.

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