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

 -  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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Amelia Bonetti / Ginger
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Pippo Botticella / Fred
Franco Fabrizi ...
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Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Admiral Aulenti (as Frederick Ledebur)
Augusto Poderosi ...
Transvestite
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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)
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Kidnapped Industrialist (as Frederich Thun)
Antonino Iuorio ...
TV Inspector (as Antonio Iuorio)
Barbara Scoppa ...
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Elisabetta Flumeri ...
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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 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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The movie that watches television through the eyes of Fellini.

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In August 1985, one month 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 »

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28 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fellini in top form here. I don't know why this gets so much indifference. Along with "And The Ship Sails On," this might be one of Fellini's best films, up there with Juliet and 8 1/2. You should also check out Intervista. A story of two aging performers well past their peak of popularity team up after not seeing each other in decades to dance on a variety show. "Ginger," the lady, doesn't seem to even understand the nature of the show she's appearing and is baffled and disturbed by the circus freaks and transvestites. "Fred," the man, is bitter with age and a bit embarrassed that he doesn't have more to show for his life. He even threatens to derail their appearance to make a statement about what sheep the modern audience is. The stinging commentary on television and rampant commercialization is always in the background, and fortunately it's more of a cultural critique than a political one (I don't think Fellini had a political bone in his body). For me, the emotional core of the film is probably Fred's discussion with a bemused, condescending writer about the origins of tap dancing. I won't spoil it.


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