Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred) (1986)
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as Pippo Botticella aka 'Fred'
as Amelia Bonetti aka 'Ginger'
as Show host
as Admiral Aulenti
as Assistant director
as Kidnapped Industrialist
as Brother Gerolamo
as Bandaged Man
as Television Inspector
as Pretty Journalist
as Gable Double
as CST Secretary
as On-Set Assistant
as Production Secretary
as Kidnapped Lawyer
as Fiance of the Unfrocked Priest
as Television Cameraman
as Son of the Clairvoyant
as Television Director
as Kidnapped Mother
as Honorable Tartina
as Kidnapped Mother
as Hostess of Television Program
as Unfrocked Priest
as Literary Critic
as Impresario Nanetti
as Rock Guitarist
as Inventor of the Underpants
as Mrs. Silvestri
as Superdecorated Man
as Carabinieri Captain
as Patty the Secretary
as Television President
as Professor Kare Rulph Noiburg
Critic Reviews for Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred)
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.
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.
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.
It's one of Fellini's more accessible and warmer films.
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.
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.
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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