And the Ship Sails On (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Runtime:
Studio:
Gaumont

Cast

Freddie Jones
as Orlando
Barbara Jefford
as Ildebranda Cuffari
Victor Poletti
as Aureliano Fuciletto
Peter Cellier
as Sir Reginald J. Dongby
Elisa Mainardi
as Teresa Valegnani
Elisa Marinardi
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
Jonathan Cecil
as Ricotin
Fred Williams
as Lepori
Janet Suzman
as Edmea Tetua
Paolo Paoloni
as Maestro Albertini
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Critic Reviews for And the Ship Sails On

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

[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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In the end, 'And the Ship Sails On' is a cruise to nowhere - diverting, but a bit dull.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2009
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Veers from the tedious to the fascinating.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for And the Ship Sails On

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.

Joseph Boomhower
Joseph Boomhower

Super Reviewer

½

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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