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E la nave Va (And the Ship Sails On)

E la nave Va (And the Ship Sails On) (1984)


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This evocative look at a 1914 ocean voyage to scatter the ashes of a world-famous opera singer (Janet Suzman) is by turns charming, funny, and bizarre. Among the ship's passengers are aristocrats, politicians, singers, and a rhinoceros. Their episodic interactions form the core of the film, with complications (including a group of refugee Serbs boarding the vessel) carefully orchestrated by screenwriters Federico Fellini and Tonino Guerra to highlight the decay of European society prior to World

Aug 24, 1999

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[The film] is to most movies what the Folies-Bergere was to the theater, a celebration of spectacle, even when it exists only for its own sake.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Obviously, it isn't the intellectual content that's meant to carry the picture, but even Fellini's elaborate visuals seem timid and uninspired this time around.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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In the end, 'And the Ship Sails On' is a cruise to nowhere - diverting, but a bit dull.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

For a movie that revels in its very artificiality, And the Ship Sails On possesses an astonishing emotional resonance in its last scenes.

September 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Veers from the tedious to the fascinating.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The picture is worth watching, if only for the scenes with the rhino and the lengthy opening sequence, which begins as a scratchy, sepia-toned silent film that gradually but gloriously develops into a colorful sound picture.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Can be seen as a highly imaginative history lesson of the passing of an era

July 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A lesser Fellini is still much greater than most of the product presented for our consumption.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for E la nave Va (And the Ship Sails On)

A very interesting film but very uneven, the opening is fantastic though...
August 20, 2013

Super Reviewer

A fantastic character piece by Federico Fellini, could this be one of the most overlooked films of all time? For me, this is definitely one of his funnier films, Freddie Jones steals the show as the quirky, often surreal narrator who goes from character to character as

Orlando the journalist aboard a ship full of colourful mourners attending the funeral at sea of one of the worlds greatest Opera singers. Even the premise screams brilliant comedy and it certainly doesn't disappoint, the ending being particularly memorable and absolutely brilliant.
November 16, 2011

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