March 18 – April 1


Ginger and Fred
Ginger e Fred
Added to my films
In 1986, Federico Fellini's satirical take on the vulgarism of television might have been considered, well, Fellini-esque. Today, the grotesque commercials and insipid game shows he depicts pale next to reality. Billed in their heyday as Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire, Ameilia and Pippo are reunited after thirty years to perform their Rogers-Astaire ballroom dance tribute act on the television variety show "We Are Proud to Present". Amelia is now a widowed grandmother. Pippo has gone somewhat to seed. Can they recapture the magic amidst this surreal circus of transvestites, midgets, and a Ronald Reagan impersonator? "Ginger & Fred" works best when Amelia and Pippo's bittersweet reunion is center stage, thanks to the impeccable charm and grace of Masina and the incomparable Mastroianni – two actors most closely associated with the director. "Ginger & Fred" is as much a tribute to artists as it is to the ephemeral state of cinema itself. "We are phantoms," Pippo tells his partner, "We arise from the darkness and disappear again." Like Pippo, Fellini makes a few missteps, but "Ginger & Fred" is ultimately quite moving, with its unforgettable train station finale. Fellini made only two more films, but Ginger & Fred would have made a fitting swansong.
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