Ginger And Fred

Ginger & Fred is Federico Fellini's twenty-first feature film, and although it stars Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni as a retired tap dance team who are reunited after thirty years apart, the real star of the drama is television. For the director, the tube is an omnipresent force in the lives of people spewing out an endless stream of images and pseudo-events. It is "the exclusive club" of everyday people who watch it to become part of "the big picture of life." And everyone who watches, dreams of becoming a TV celebrity - if only for a few minutes of time. Ginger and Fred have been chosen to appear on "We are Proud to Present," Italy's top television variety show. The two were famous years ago for miming the dance routines of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Ginger, a widow and grandmother, is apprehensive about her reunion with Fred, an anarchist of sorts who has been institutionalized for a mental breakdown. Time has taken its toll on their bodies, but their spirits remain youthful. (…) Fellini offers us a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for and actual airing of this variety show, which pokes fun at the mendacity and absurdity of the human yearning for the bizarre. The director's critique of television is not as excoriating as Paddy Chayefsky's Network, but then Felini has always had a special place in his heart for strange things. Ginger and Fred, besides boasting an affecting performance by Giulietta Masina, meanders its way to a bittersweet finale. A quotation by Ann Landers could have been appended to the closing scene: "Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other."
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Federico Fellini
Tonino Guerra
Tullio Pinelli

Ennio Guarnieri
Tonino Delli Colli

Nino Baragli
Ruggerro Mastroianni
Ugo de Rossi

Produzioni Europee Associati

Franco Fabrizi
Frederick Ledebur
Giulietta Masina
Marcello Mastroianni

Nicola Piovani

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Costume Design
Best Foreign Actor Sant Jordi Awards
Best Music
Best Production Design Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
René Clair Award David di Donatello

11th Festival on Wheels