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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."

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Cast

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
Frederick von Thun
as Kidnapped Industrialist
Jacques Henri Lartigue
as Brother Gerolamo
Antoine Saint Jean
as Bandaged Man
Antonio Iuorio
as Television Inspector
Barbara Scoppa
as Pretty 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
Danika La Loggia
as Kidnapped Mother
Fabrizio Fontana
as Honorable Tartina
Danica La Loggia
as Kidnapped Mother
Isabelle Therese La Porte
as Hostess of Television Program
Luciano Lombardo
as Unfrocked Priest
Mariele Loreley
as Journalist
Elena Magoia
as Literary Critic
Franco Marino
as Impresario Nanetti
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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
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.

August 1, 2015 | Full Review…
Sight and Sound

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

September 19, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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.

March 10, 2007 | Full Review…
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.

August 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred)

½

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

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.

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