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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 on a TV variety show.


Federico Fellini


Federico Fellini (story), Tonino Guerra (story) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 18 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Giulietta Masina ... Amelia Bonetti / Ginger
Marcello Mastroianni ... Pippo Botticella / Fred
Franco Fabrizi ... Show host
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Admiral Aulenti (as Frederick Ledebur)
Augusto Poderosi Augusto Poderosi ... Transvestite
Martin Maria Blau Martin Maria Blau ... Assistant director
Jacques Henri Lartigue Jacques Henri Lartigue ... Brother Gerolamo (as Jacques Henry Lartigue)
Totò Mignone Totò Mignone ... Totò (as Toto Mignone)
Ezio Marano Ezio Marano ... The Intellectual
Antoine Saint-John ... Bandaged man (as Antoine Saint Jean)
Friedrich von Thun ... Kidnapped Industrialist (as Frederich Thun)
Antonino Iuorio Antonino Iuorio ... TV Inspector (as Antonio Iuorio)
Barbara Scoppa Barbara Scoppa ... Journalist
Elisabetta Flumeri Elisabetta Flumeri ... Journalist
Salvatore Billa ... Clark Gable


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.


Comedy | Drama


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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 »


Amelia Bonetti: The artist is like a wolf - he hears the call of the wild.
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Referenced in Frasier: Moon Dance (1996) See more »


Let's Face the Music and Dance
Composed by Irving Berlin
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A pleasant Fellini film for a change
26 May 2003 | by susanswebSee all my reviews

Before I saw this movie, I had heard how it was considered one of Federico Fellini's more accessible movies. If this was meant of Fellini's films from the sixties on, I can agree with that. The film is basically two things: one big jab at television and giving Giuletta Masina the opportunity to show everyone how adorable she is (she succeeds). The TV angle, however scathing it may have been in 1986; today with the plethora of reality TV shows, the film just seems prescient. The film's very basic storyline is Masina reuniting with old dance partner Marcello Mastroianni for a TV show. Filling in the rest of the movie (and sometimes obscuring the main story) are the many oddball characters scheduled for the TV show. As anyone familiar with Fellini knows, he loves outrageous people. In this film, for example, there are transsexuals, psychics, a midget troupe and a cow with many teats. The first part of the movie, at the hotel, is a little too much because everything is thrown at the viewer at once. The characters, television, Ginger and Fred, all vie for your attention and it can be overwhelming. Once at the studio, the film kind of settles down and one is able to enjoy the film and it's characters. Not one of Fellini's best but also not only for fanatics of Fellini either.

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$22,725, 30 March 1986

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