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Ginger and Fred -- Golden Globe-nominated satire about two dancers who made careers imitating Rogers and Astaire and are reunited on a tacky and bizarre television show.


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Federico Fellini (story) &
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28 March 1986 (USA) See more »
The movie that watches television through the eyes of Fellini.
Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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A very well-made film that's as much a nostalgic tear-jerker as a strong criticism and satire! See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Giulietta Masina ... Amelia Bonetti / Ginger

Marcello Mastroianni ... Pippo Botticella / Fred

Franco Fabrizi ... Show host
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Admiral Aulenti (as Frederick Ledebur)
Augusto Poderosi ... Transvestite
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)

Friedrich von Thun ... Kidnapped Industrialist (as Frederich Thun)
Antonino Iuorio ... TV Inspector (as Antonio Iuorio)
Barbara Scoppa ... Journalist
Elisabetta Flumeri ... Journalist
Salvatore Billa ... Clark Gable
Ginestra Spinola ... Clairvoyant
Stefania Marini ... TV secretary
Francesco Casale ... Mafioso
Gianfranco Alpestre ... Kidnapped Lawyer
Filippo Ascione ... Pianist
Elena Cantarone ... Nurse
Cosima Chiusoli ... Fiance of the Unfrocked Priest
Claudio Ciocca ... Television Cameraman
Sergio Ciulli ... Son of clairvoyant
Roberto De Sandro
Vittorio De Bisogno ... Television Director
Fabrizio Fontana ... Honorable Tartina
Laurentina Guidotti ... Production secretary
Giorgio Iovine ... Hotel Porters
Danika La Loggia ... Kidnapped Mother
Isabelle Therese La Porte ... Hostess of television program
Luigi Leoni ... Mayor
Luciano Lombardo ... Unfrocked Priest
Mariele Loreley ... Journalist
Elena Magoia ... Literary critic
Franco Marino ... Impresario Nanetti
Mauro Misul ... Editor
Jurgen Morhofer ... Rock guitarist
Pippo Negri ... Inventor of the underpants
Antonietta Patriarca ... Mrs. Silvestri
Nando Pucci Negri ... Assistant Director
Luigi Rossi ... Superdecorated man
Franco Trevisi ... Carabinieri Captain
Patti Vailati ... Patty the Secretary (as Patty Vailati)
Narciso Vicario ... Television president (as Narcisio Vicario)
Hermann Weisskopf ... Professor Kare Rulph Noiburg (as Hermann Weiskopf)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pino Ammendola ... Honorable Tartina (voice)
Marcia Sedoc
Daniele Aldrovandi ... Marty Feldmann (uncredited)
Ennio Antonelli ... Cameriere (uncredited)
Claudio Botosso ... Un intervistatore (uncredited)
Eolo Capritti ... Kojak (uncredited)
Mario Conocchia ... Conocchia (uncredited)

Gabriella Di Luzio ... Gabriella (uncredited)
Rosario Galli ... Tv production secretary (uncredited)
Davide Marotta ... Nano nella festa finale (uncredited)
Barbara Montanari ... Bette Davis (uncredited)
Federica Paccosi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Alex Partexano ... Sailor (uncredited)
Leonardo Petrillo ... Marcel Proust (uncredited)
Moana Pozzi ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Fellini 
Writing credits
Federico Fellini (story) &
Tonino Guerra (story)

Federico Fellini (screenplay) &
Tonino Guerra (screenplay) &
Tullio Pinelli (screenplay)

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
Heinz Bibo .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nicola Piovani 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli (director of photography)
Ennio Guarnieri (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Ugo De Rossi 
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
Art Direction by
Nazzareno Piana 
Set Decoration by
Franco Fumagalli  (as Gian Franco Fumagalli)
Angelo Santucci 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Makeup Department
Adriano Carboni .... makeup artist
Rino Carboni .... chief makeup artist
Desideria Corridoni .... hair stylist
Patrizia Corridoni .... hair stylist
Corrado Cristofori .... hair stylist
Adonella De Rossi .... makeup artist
Fernanda De Rossi .... makeup artist
Massimo De Rossi .... makeup artist
Renato Francola .... makeup artist
Maria-Luisa Fraticelli .... hair stylist (as Maria Luisa Fraticelli)
Alberta Giuliani .... hair stylist
Rita Luciani .... hair stylist
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist
Giancarlo Marin .... hair stylist
Aldo Signoretti .... hair stylist
Alfredo Tiberi .... makeup artist
Rosalba Cimino .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Franco Coduti .... production manager (as Gianfranco Coduti)
Raymond Leplont .... production manager
Tullio Lullo .... production supervisor
Roberto Mannoni .... production manager
Franco Marino .... production supervisor
Walter Massi .... production manager
Fernando Rossi .... production supervisor
Viero Spadoni .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... first assistant director
Filippo Ascione .... second assistant director
Daniela Barbiani .... second assistant director
Eugenio Cappuccio .... second assistant director
Anke Zindler .... second assistant director
Art Department
Stefano Cecchini .... graphic artist
Franco Ceraolo .... assistant production designer
Ambrogio Cranna .... set furnishing
Giuliano Geleng .... painter
Rinaldo Geleng .... painter
Gianni Gianese .... set furnishing (as Giovanni Gianese)
Carlo Latour .... set furnishing
Luigi Sergianni .... set constructor
Giacomo Setaccioli .... graphic artist
Italo Tomassi .... set constructor
Sound Department
Fabio Ancillai .... sound
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Antonio Barba .... boom operator
Furio Castelli .... dubbing
Sergio Marcotulli .... sound technician
Fabio Palmisano .... sound syncronisation
Tommaso Quattrini .... sound
Massimo Rinchiusi .... sound synchronisation
Giuseppe Testa .... boom operator
Roberto Tommaselli .... boom operator (as Roberto Tomaselli)
Edmondo Gintili .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Mark Headley .... sound producer: English version (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Adriano Pischiutta .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Marco Bechis .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Deborah Imogen Beer .... still photographer (as Deborah Beer)
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... camera operator (as Giovanni Fiore)
Luca Luparini .... assistant camera
Aldo Marchiori .... camera operator
Pierluigi Praturlon .... still photographer
Antonio Scaramuzza .... assistant camera
Marco Sperduti .... assistant camera
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
Gianfranco Torinti .... assistant camera
Massimo Rinella .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Fiammeta Profili .... casting associate (as Fiammetta Profili)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosanna Andreoni .... assistant costume designer
Bruno Lenzi .... assistant costumer
Luigi Urbani .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Helga Borsche .... assistant editor
M. Elvira Castagnolo .... assistant editor (as Maria Elvira Castagnolo)
Viviana Massi .... assistant editor
Marcello Olasio .... assistant editor
Renato Serafini .... color technician
Pietro Tomassi .... assistant editor
Elvira Tonini .... assistant editor
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... musician: french horn solo
Nicola Piovani .... conductor
Donato Salone .... music assistant
Transportation Department
Albino Biancifiori .... transportation
Other crew
Dario Bellini .... opticals
Dario Bellini .... titles
Carla Ferroni .... production secretary
Lyda Garozzo .... production secretary
Norma Giacchero .... script supervisor (as Norma Del Pace Giacchero)
Alberto Grimaldi .... presenter
Miro Grisanti .... opticals
Miro Grisanti .... titles
Enzo Lucarini .... administrator (as Vincenzo Lucarini)
Mario Maldesi .... dubbing director
Alessandro Mancini .... production secretary
Benito Mancini .... administrator
Marcello Mancini .... production secretary
Pasquale Manzollino .... administrator
Raffaele Manzollino .... accountant
Mario Milani .... edition coordinator
Luigi Millozza .... general organiser
Isabella Paolucci .... assistant choreographer
Maurizio Pigna .... production secretary
Maurizio Saraceni .... administrator
Filippo Spoletini .... production secretary
Tony Ventura .... choreographer
Antonella Villanti .... administrator
Gianni Bonagura .... voice dubbing: Totò Mignone (uncredited)
Marco Bresciani .... voice dubbing: Augusto Poderosi (uncredited)
Corrado Gaipa .... voice dubbing: Frederich von Ledebur (uncredited)
Alberto Lionello .... voice dubbing: Franco Fabrizi (uncredited)
Oreste Lionello .... voice dubbing: Narciso Vicario (uncredited)
Mario Maranzana .... voice dubbing: Jacques Henri Lartigue (uncredited)
Otto Simánek .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Ginger e Fred" - Italy (original title)
"Federico Fellini's Ginger & Fred" - USA (DVD box title)
"Ginger & Fred" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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125 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Magic of Fellini (2002) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A very well-made film that's as much a nostalgic tear-jerker as a strong criticism and satire!, 20 September 2009
Author: Metal Angel Ehrler from Honduras

Federico Fellini is one of the greatest directors and screenwriters the world has ever seen...and that must be the biggest understatement of the century. He had the ability to take simple, real elements and transform them into a surreal, enchanting experience that speaks for itself without the aid of a complicated plot or a multi-million dollar production design (although that's not to say his films aren't visually breath-taking). Even though it's not one of his greatest masterpieces, "Ginger e Fred" is one such film that demonstrates his never-ending talent.

The main plot is as simple as it gets. Amelia and Pippo (Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni) are old friends who haven't seen each other for years, and in their youth, they were reasonably famous for their imitation of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, doing their classic tap dancing and glamorous choreographies. Now, they're very old, but they're being invited by a big (and sleazy) TV station to perform in their epic Christmas program reenacting their age-old act. The film is about these two old people, seeing each other after so many years, and remembering those golden years when they were celebrated, important, and had the spark of love and friendship alive for each other.

They're not the only ones invited to the show, though. A huge cast of quirky and colourful characters also make their appearance, each one trying to grab their share of the spotlight performing sometimes interesting, sometimes plain stupid, acts and/or abilities and "amazing" stories. We see an (obviously) Fellini-esquire array of supporting freaks- the priest who renounced his vows to marry his lover, the monk who levitates, the singing slovenly dwarfs, Swedish townsfolk with their fifteen-tit cow, a transsexual who services an entire prison row and is being processed for it, a medium who listens to ghosts through a tape recorder...the list is endless. They all have odious, over-familiar dialogue which makes us relate to the grotesque things we think well of in life. Our heroes, Amelia and Pippo, are thrown in with this collection of freaks, and find themselves both hating and liking the situation they've accepted.

The images the film presents are as unusual and as surreal as we have come to experience through other Fellini films. The dialogue sounds casual and witty, but is continually spiked with longing, electricity, loathing and disenchantment. Our main characters speak and travel this (seemingly) alternate world they've entered and find it horrifyingly equal to that they live in. The way they all try to hog the spotlight, their unnatural addiction to TV and celebrities, the way they're all brainwashed through the televised images...Fellini makes a point on all of these. He also continually presents TV commercials about pork and meat, each commercial bearing a scantly-clad woman with a gruesome piece of meat and proclaiming it to be utterly delicious. The people believe it. We also see various posters and written advertisements with strange and slightly disturbing images for a variety of products that don't work, and proclaiming nothing but lies. People believe them.

We see two main characters, Amelia and Pippo, being likable characters trying to relive their friendship, trying to regain their previous vitality and trying to fit in with a series of "freaks" (in every sense of the word) in a world where greed, money, fame and awful manners have been allowed to run rampant. We see our main characters trying to quit their association with this distasteful universe only to be drawn in over and over again by a faint memory of fame, by an interlude with someone famous, by the expectations their friends have of them.

We, as the audience, feel happy to relate to these old friends who have met once again, and feel their angst. We also feel a certain repugnant hate for the rest of the characters, unfeeling beasts who (to our surprise and chagrin) also seem, each in their own way, very similar to us and the people that surround us. And what is all the more interesting is the way Fellini never even delves into the personalities of these characters (with the exception of Amelia and Pippo) but indirectly spends every second of the film injecting meaning and objection into them. The images, of course, speak for themselves.

Masina and Mastroianni are perfect in their roles, the music is both catchy and nostalgic, the costumes are...well, out of this world and the screenplay is both earthbound and ethereal. I couldn't understand the emotional implications of the ending, but I suppose that must be Fellini's point, to leave the audience thinking. And, believe me, this movie does get you thinking! And though it's definitely not one of Fellini's greatest, it still is entertaining and amusing to analyze.

Rating: 3 stars and a half out of 4!

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