In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers.
Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. It's both a touchingly nostalgic journey into the past, and a viciously satirical attack on television in general and Italian TV in particular, portraying it as a mindless freakshow aimed at moronsWritten by
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On August 15th, 1985, two months after filming had wrapped, director Federico Fellini fell ill due to a mini stroke. Fortunately, the ailment did not have any lasting negative effects on his health. See more »
We were very successful and our impresario insisted we be advertised as "Ginger and Fred."
How many years have you been retired? 20? 25? People want to know.
Maybe. We were very, very popular. To this day people sometimes stop me on the street.
Why agree to a comeback? Fans could be disappointed.
I don't know why I accepted. Because my grandchildren kept insisting, and friends or because of televisions's magic spell. Anyway, here I am.
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Fellini takes a stab at television in this wonderful satire. It's Christmas, and an Italian "Ed Sullivan" type show is having a special, by re-uniting acts that were featured years ago. There is a hilarious (for those in the know) swipe at Woody Allen, who has been parodying Fellini for years. It's a bit deliberately paced, but the chemistry between the stars makes it worthwhile.
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