And the Ship Sails On

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In 1914, a cruise ship sets sail from Naples to spread the ashes of beloved opera singer Edmea Tetua (Janet Suzman) near Erimo, the isle of her birth. During the voyage, the eclectic array of passengers discovers a group of Serbian refugees aboard the vessel. Peace and camaraderie abound until the ship is descended upon by an Austrian flagship. The Serbians are forced to board it, but naturally they resist, igniting a skirmish that ends in destruction.

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Barbara Jefford
Ildebranda Cuffari
Victor Poletti
Aureliano Fuciletto
Janet Suzman
Edmea Tetua
Peter Cellier
Sir Reginald J. Dongby
Elisa Mainardi
Teresa Valegnani
Norma West
Lady Violet Dongby Albertini
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  • Apr 27, 2016
    Federico Fellini's 1984 film "And the Ship Sails On" involves the story of famous individuals attending a funeral aboard a luxury ship headed to the island of Erimo to spread the ashes of Italian opera singer Edmea Tetua. It takes place in 1914 right before the war began. The story is told to us by the journalist covering the funeral, Orlando (Freddie Jones), he talks directly to the camera and tells the audience everything about the people attending, even juicy little gossip. The cast is a colorful bunch including a Russian using his voice to hypnotize a chicken, a singer transforming his room into a shrine to Edmea, a man who claims he is a medium and invites the guests to his cabin to speak to the dead Edmea and a fat Prussian duke with a sister who sees colors when people sing or speak. The third day involves the arrival of Serbian when the ship rescues them. After the arrival of the Serbians who sleep on the decks in large numbers, the ship starts to look like an immigrant ship headed to America with a first class section and dining hall they are not allowed to enter. After dancing and music that involved the guests dancing along with the Serbians, an Austrian ship demands that the Serbians be turned over. But the Prussian Duke secures the ship's passage to the island to perform their rites. The characters make this a fun movie, but it's Fellini's direction and the cinematography from Giusseppe Rotunno that make this film work. The ending is absolute chaos, though.
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  • Jan 28, 2016
    With a gorgeous cinematography and production design, this is probably the most stunning Fellini film while also a work that offers a smart social commentary - until it goes insane in the last fifteen minutes, losing any direction and evidencing the artificiality of the story as a film.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2008
    Better than Intervista but still not that interesting
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  • Jul 03, 2007
    A very interesting film but very uneven, the opening is fantastic though...
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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