And the Ship Sails On

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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 War I. The ship sails on an artificial ocean against an artificial sky, crafted by art director Dante Ferretti in the studios of Cinecitta, with a result that is both disconcerting and oddly comforting.

Cast

Barbara Jefford
as Ildebranda Cuffari
Victor Poletti
as Aureliano Fuciletto
Peter Cellier
as Sir Reginald J. Dongby
Elisa Marinardi
as Teresa Valegnani
Elisa Mainardi
as Teresa Valegnani
Norma West
as Sir Reginald's Wife
Paolo Paolini
as Orchestra conductor
Fiorenzo Serra
as Grand Duke of Harzock
Florenzo Serra
as Grand Duke of Harzock
Pina Bausch
as Princess Lheremia
Pasquale Zito
as Count of Bassano
Linda Polan
as Ines Ione
Philip Locke
as Prime Minister
Janet Suzman
as Edmea Tetua
Paolo Paoloni
as Maestro Albertini
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