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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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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 »


Pippo Botticella: You with your little bourgeois baby face, you make your bundle off the sweat of others.
Amelia Bonetti: What are you ranting about?
Pippo Botticella: That young man refuses to be exploited, he rebels and I a'm on his side. He wages a just war against the system's abuses. That's all I have to say!
Amelia Bonetti: This is the voice of raging senility! You're going through mental-pause! So I'm an exploitive boss?
Pippo Botticella: You have a business with employees who work for you?
Amelia Bonetti: I break my neck from 6am till midnight in a two-bit outfit with a tiny staff and I'm a ...
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A "modern" Fellini film - surprisingly good
22 February 2005 | by nihilistdude2000See all my reviews

This wasn't a bad film, though those without previous knowledge of Fellini's films may not like it as much. Giuletta Masina and Marcello Mastroani give their usual great performances. I actually thought Marcello gave one of his better performances here, in that he displayed a great comedic timing. I am mostly familiar with Fellini's pre-1970 films so I was not sure how a film made in the 1980's would do (given how much cinema had changed from the 50's/60's to the 80's), but he still delivers an enjoyable film, thanks in large part to good acting by the two leads. I enjoyed the satirical attack on television and the modern era (advertisting, etc.), which I happen to strongly agree with. The TV show scene near the end contains your typical Fellini "magic" and aesthetics, so I enjoyed that as well. This is by no means comparable to Fellini's masterpieces, but is still a well-made and enjoyable film, and more accessible than some of his more outrageous stuff he's made in past years. 7/10.

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28 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,725, 30 March 1986

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1.66 : 1
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