Ginger and Fred

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  • PG-13
  • 1986
  • 2 hr 7 min
  • 7.2  (5,508)

Ginger and Fred is a satirical comedy film directed by the legendary Federico Fellini, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The movie tells the story of two ageing dancers, Amelia Bonetti (Giulietta Masina) and Pippo Botticella (Marcello Mastroianni), who were once famous for their "Ginger and Fred" routine. However, as they grew older, they drifted apart and retired from the dance world.

The film begins with Amelia and Pippo being invited to appear on a popular TV show called "We Are Proud to Present" - a blatant rip-off of the real-life Italian variety show, Canale 5. The producers of the show want to reunite Amelia and Pippo for a one-time special performance, hoping to revive the nostalgia of their former glory days. Despite initial hesitations, the duo finally agrees to the offer and begins their preparations for the show.

The rest of the movie revolves around the hilarious misadventures of Amelia and Pippo as they try to recreate their famous routine after so many years. Both guzzle large amounts of tranquilizers to quell their anxiety and fear of performing in front of a live audience, leading to some amusing and awkward scenes. At the same time, Fellini also explores the darker side of the entertainment industry, portraying the cutthroat tactics of the TV producers who exploit their dancers for ratings and profit.

Throughout the movie, Fellini's signature style of surrealism and wit is apparent, as he weaves in various subplots and characters to add to the layers of humour, commentary and absurdity. One memorable sequence involves a group of middle-aged women imitating Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance routine, while another involves a bizarre art exhibition that features living wax statues of famous historical figures.

As the big day of the television appearance draws near, Amelia and Pippo's nerves are frayed, but they both remain determined to put on a good show. The climax of the film takes place on the set of the TV show, where Amelia and Pippo finally perform their iconic routine to thunderous applause.

Despite the whimsical and light-hearted tone of the film, Ginger and Fred is a commentary on the commercialization of art, the cult of celebrity, the obsession with youth and beauty, and the death of genuine talent. The film explores how the entertainment industry has become a perverse and superficial take on reality, where mediocrity is celebrated and the creative are often undervalued.

Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni, who were frequent collaborators and close friends of Fellini, give standout performances in their roles as the aging dancers. Masina's portrayal of Amelia is particularly moving, as she embodies the struggle of maintaining an artistic vision in a world that values glitz over substance. Mastroianni is charming and wistful as Pippo, who is constantly grappling with his loss of time and youth.

Overall, Ginger and Fred is a delightful and thought-provoking film that highlights Fellini's mastery of the cinematic medium. It is a loving tribute to the world of dance and a biting critique of the culture of celebrity, all wrapped up in Fellini's unique and dazzling style.

Ginger and Fred is a 1986 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 7 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (5,508)