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Ginger and Fred (1986)

Ginger e Fred (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 March 1986 (USA)
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
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Admiral Aulenti (as Frederick Ledebur)
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Brother Gerolamo (as Jacques Henry Lartigue)
Totò Mignone ...
Totò (as Toto Mignone)
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Kidnapped Industrialist (as Frederich Thun)
Antonino Iuorio ...
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Barbara Scoppa ...
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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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$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 »

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Wonderful movie, possibly Fellini's best since Amarcord
17 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am a great admirer of Federico Fellini and his movies. While not among my favourites of his movies like Nights of Cabiria, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Amarcord and La Strada are, it is a wonderful movie. The start of the movie is a little too in-your-face for my tastes, but everything else works like a dream. As with all Fellinis, it is beautifully made, gorgeous scenery, ravishing colour and dream-like photography are definite things to like when watching a film and Ginger and Fred is exactly that. The music is beautiful and bounces along, while the dancing is sweet and as light as a soufflé. Fellini's direction as ever is superb, while the story has a nostalgic tone with the satirical elements on tacky television manages to be both wounding and deliciously comic. I love both Marcello Mastroianni and Giulietta Masina, and both are just wonderful in Ginger and Fred. Both give performances among their personal best, being funny, charming and moving, proving that human emotion is more than enough to make a performance work.

All in all, wonderful movie. While not among Fellini's very finest for me, it is one of his better later movies. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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