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Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred) (1986)




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Director Federico Fellini gently lampoons the world of small-time show business in Ginger and Fred. Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni star as Amelia Bonetti and Pippo Botticella, a onetime celebrity song-and-dance team. Having risen to fame with a dancing act where they recreated the acts of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire (hoping to become the Fred and Ginger of Italy), Amelia and Pippo parted company to pursue their separate lives. Neither one was particularly successful in other fields of endeavor, so when after many years Amelia is offered a guest-star gig on a TV variety show, she jumps at the chance. She also seeks out her former partner, Pippo, who may have looked like Astaire in his younger days, but now....The overall good cheer of the film was dampened when the real Ginger Rogers sued the distributors of Ginger and Fred for "defamation of character."
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Marcello Mastroianni
as Pippo Botticella aka 'Fred'
Giulietta Masina
as Amelia Bonetti aka 'Ginger'
Franco Fabrizi
as Show host
Frederick Von Ledenburg
as Admiral Aulenti
Martin Maria Blau
as Assistant director
Augusto Poderosi
as Transvestite
Jacques Henri Lartigue
as Brother Gerolamo
Frederick von Thun
as Kidnapped Industrialist
Ezio Marano
as Writer
Antoine Saint Jean
as Bandaged Man
Antonio Iuorio
as Television Inspector
Barbara Scoppa
as Pretty Journalist
Elisabetta Flumeri
as Journalist
Salvatore Billa
as Gable Double
Ginestra Spinola
as Clairvoyant
Stefania Marini
as CST Secretary
Nando Pucci Negri
as On-Set Assistant
Laurentina Guidotti
as Production Secretary
Gianfranco Alpestre
as Kidnapped Lawyer
Cosima Chiusoli
as Fiance of the Unfrocked Priest
Claudio Ciocca
as Television Cameraman
Sergio Ciulli
as Son of the Clairvoyant
Vittorio De Bisogno
as Television Director
Fabrizio Fontana
as Honorable Tartina
Danika La Loggia
as Kidnapped Mother
Danica La Loggia
as Kidnapped Mother
Isabelle Therese La Porte
as Hostess of Television Program
Luigi Leoni
as Mayor
Luciano Lombardo
as Unfrocked Priest
Mariele Loreley
as Journalist
Elena Magoia
as Literary Critic
Franco Marino
as Impresario Nanetti
Mauro Misul
as Editor
Jurgen Morhofer
as Rock Guitarist
Pippo Negri
as Inventor of the Underpants
Antonietta Patriarca
as Mrs. Silvestri
Luigi Rossi
as Superdecorated Man
Franco Trevisi
as Carabinieri Captain
Patty Vailati
as Patty the Secretary
Narcisio Vicario
as Television President
Hermann Weiskopf
as Professor Kare Rulph Noiburg
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Critic Reviews for Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

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.

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

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.

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

The scenes in and around the television studio, as the two forlorn old troupers come to terms with the punkish fauna of the 1980s, are -- for this director -- strangely verveless and unfocused.

Full Review… | August 1, 2015
Sight and Sound

It's one of Fellini's more accessible and warmer films.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred)


What seems at first like a harmless condemnation of television as an insane, ridiculous circus (and as such it comes off as a silly, dated and mostly unfunny film) soon turns out to be a truly melancholy and touching experience, with Masina and Mastroianni shining together.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A really great film, just inventive and hilarious, and no matter what age Marcello Mastroianni is just the most awesome person on the planet. The film starts out kinda slow, but definitely ramps up and is entertaining to watch multiple times. It might be one of Federico Fellini's last films, but it's still great!

Rafiq Uddin
Rafiq Uddin

I liked it. It very funny in some parts, especially the bits making fun of the ridiculous excesses of television and the way it tries to cash in on nostalgia. The two main actors were wonderful, Giulietta Masina in particular. This is my first Fellini film, so I don't know how it compares to his others, but I think I want to see more.

Valerie Miller
Valerie Miller

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