Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred) (1986)
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In this satirical Fellini film, Pippo Botticella (Marcello Mastroianni) and Amelia Bonetti (Giulietta Masina) are aging members of an obscure dance team known as "Ginger & Fred." When a bizarre television show called "Here's to You" invites the couple to reunite their act, Pippo and Amelia take the chance to relive their younger days. This film is in Italian with English subtitles.
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Critic Reviews for Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred)
When, as happens on several occasions, Amelia and Pippo become an integral part of the impressionistic film that surrounds them, instead of just being witnesses to it, Ginger and Fred ranks with the best work Mr. Fellini has ever done.
The film isn't a particularly pleasurable experience (the satire of television is broad and wayward, and the attempts to wring pathos from Ginger and Fred's geriatric infirmities fall far short of the mark), but it does have a cranky, old-man's integrity.
Marks the first pairing of Fellini veterans Marcello Mastroianni and Giulietta Masina and, from their instant chemistry, you'd think they'd been together for years.
A warm and very human story about two people who share a little bit of love, interwoven with director Fellini's diatribe against the inanity of the modern television age.
Audience Reviews for Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred)
Ginger & Fred is a typically playful satire from Fellini targeting Television of the 'Light entertainment' variety. It's funny though, the exaggerations are pretty much bang on the money these days but as clever as the lampooning is, it's the performances and the on screen relationship between the ever wonderful Marcello Mastroianni and Giulietta Masina that really make this film the diamond that it is. Very Italian, very Fellini, very funny and very lovely. Highly recommended.More
Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni play Rogers and Astaire imitators who are professionally reunited after being apart for some 35 years. Masina and Mastroianni, themselves in their golden years here, are finely and most appropriately cast as figures from a nostalgic long ago. Fellini definitely is no fan of the television generation that has displaced true entertainers like Ginger and Fred, and as Masina says in the end, "We will never dance again." In fact, both actors were very near the end of their careers and their lives. I'll label this one "bittersweet" as well.More
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