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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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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)
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
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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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Referenced in Cinecittà: La casa di F. Fellini (2004) (V)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Gentleness,sheer suavity,the relishes and tearing of an encounter,and the joys of the dance, 19 October 2006
Author: Cristi_Ciopron from CGSM, Soseaua Nationala 49

Ginger e Fred (1986) is one of the few movies (4 in all) Fellini made in the '80s,and the ripest fruit of his late career,the acme of his narrative cinema.(In the 7th decade of the 20th century,Fellini also made relatively few films:only 4,and also 2 sketches.)Is "Ginger ..." Fellini's best movie?I don't know that;but it certainly is the one that I cherish most.Exquisite, unobjectionable, unparalleled cinema? Surely!Within the Fellini criteria,this is a rather simple movie,deprived of experiments,etc.;it is,of course,of no avail to be "told",but not because it lacks a "story",only that it is a simple,uneventful one.A sudden return to what we may call a perennial realism,of a perfect incision and a welcome sobriety of means,a huge appetite for giving an objective and transitive creation (though the resources of grotesque,tenderness,comic,Oneiric ,a detached Inebriety,satire,effects of strange,caricatures,etc.,are also used).It is also a return to a narrative form,and a very comic movie:in this film,Fellini has a content to be told,to be molded and put in an epic shape.The weird people could not miss,on the contrary;but the movie has an obvious realistic aim,in a comical,satirical and tender key.As shape,it is not an essay,but a realist narration,and each thing,though caricatured,is plausible.I would say that Fellini has,in "Ginger ...",so firm a notion on what he wants to say,that he can afford himself to be playful.He can afford it,as the main aim of his movie is so firmly handled.He had some things to say about love,life,old age,career,art,TV,contemporary life,etc.,some very straight things.For this movie,he chosen to deepen in the contemporary world;moreover,here he has not anymore that sense of tearing,of speechless pained,exasperated sensibility that gave a very special note to his '50s movies.A shivering,a feverishness.Mrs. Masina,in her room,looking outside:she sees a Martian landscape.

Throughout his 50 years career,Fellini made some TV creations (such as The Clowns and A Director's Notebook).In "Ginger ...",he expresses all his disgust for that institution,in a very acid charge.Is Fellini ever "non-judgmental", as some would like to believe?Never.

Mastroianni,with his whistles,and licentious jokes,and bad language,and courtesy.Fellini always allowed his actors to be great,to do THEIR creations,he never used them as mere puppets.Must I praise here Mastroianni's perfect mastery of his profession,his exquisite and tasty professionalism,in the noblest sense of this banal word?Fellini was a too generous, too intelligent director,not to let,and not to encourage Mastroianni be himself and give his best.Hence ,Mastroianni's "Pippo" is a whole chapter in the acting's history.(Hitchcock was not content with Clift,and I don't think he was with Newman;Antonioni was not content with Harris.Well,Fellini seemed to like the actors with strong personalities:he had in his movies Mastroianni,Anthony Quinn, Basehart, Broderick Crawford,Sordi,Terence Stamp,Anouk Aimée,François Périer, etc.,etc.!He never disliked or avoided to work with the great actors;this is a sign of his abundant and good-humored endowment,able to engross others' aptitude for creation .With Fellini,the actor's dignity is safe,and restored,the actor is allowed to display his endowment and work,his creation is sustained by the director.)In "Ginger ...",as in some other shows he did as an oldster,Mastroianni finds that exactness,that roundness,that plenitude,that sureness,that pleasantness,that made him maybe the most sure-footed actor.In his youth and maturity,Mastroianni's force came from his dexterity,intrepidity,etc.;now,there is this sheer artistic robustness.

Watch Mastroianni and Mrs. Masina,to see for yourself how far,how deep the actors' art can go.

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