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 ...
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Cinecitta, the huge movie studio outside Rome, is 50 years old and Fellini is interviewed by a Japanese TV crew about the films he has made there over the years as he begins production on ... See full summary »
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.
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
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Upon the film's release in the USA, Ginger Rogers sued the production and the distributors for 'misappropriation and infringement of her public personality'. The case was dismissed, the judgment stating that the film referred to her and Astaire only obliquely. See more »
Wonderful movie, possibly Fellini's best since Amarcord
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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