Ginger and Fred

Screening on Film
Directed by Federico Fellini.
With Giulietta Masina, Marcello Mastroianni, Friedrich von Thun.
Italy, 1986, 35mm, color, 125 min.
Italian with English subtitles.

Fellini brought Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni together here for the first time in their careers in the roles of Amelia Bonetti and Pippo Botticela, two retired Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers imitators who are reunited after thirty years for a nostalgic TV variety show. Masina, serene without being coy, and Mastroianni, flabby and balding, are a delight as the past-their-prime partners who are able to relive their former glory for a few magical moments. Ginger and Fred reveals Fellini in a paradoxical mood: soured by television as an inimical purveyor of garbage and Rome as a putrescent dump; mellowed by the affection and fleeting tenderness of his protagonists.

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