Ginger and Fred
|Ginger and Fred|
Original movie poster
|Directed by||Federico Fellini|
|Produced by||Alberto Grimaldi
|Music by||Nicola Piovani
|Cinematography||Tonino Delli Colli
|Edited by||Ruggero Mastroianni|
|13 January 1986 (France:premiere)
March 28, 1986 (US)
The title is a reference to the American dancing couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The two leads portray Italian impersonators of Astaire and Rogers who reunite after thirty years of retirement for a vulgar and bizarre television extravaganza.
The movie is a complex and coherent indictment of the shallowness of commercial television, which, eager to squeeze commercials across every possible kind of program, deadens the viewers' ability to appreciate complex or thought-provoking themes.
The film was the subject of a trademark claim in the United States by Ginger Rogers, who claimed that the film violated her Lanham Act trademark rights, right of publicity, and was a "false light" defamation. The Second Circuit rejected this claim, finding that "suppressing an artistically relevant though ambiguous[ly] title[d] film" on trademark grounds would "unduly restrict expression."
Amelia and Pippo were once together famous as dancers. Thirty years after they've retired they team up one more time for a TV show. Although this reunion is overshadowed by Pippo's lack of stamina their performance is well-received and revives their popularity for another day.
- Giulietta Masina as Amelia Bonetti (Ginger)
- Marcello Mastroianni as Pippo Botticella (Fred)
- Franco Fabrizi as Show host
- Friedrich von Ledebur as Admiral Aulenti
- Augusto Poderosi as transvestite
- Martin Maria Blau as assistant director
- Jacques Henri Lartigue as Brother Gerolamo
- Totò Mignone as Totò
- Ezio Marano as the intellectual
- Antoine Saint-John as bandaged man
- Friedrich von Thun as kidnapped tycoon
- Antonino Iuorio as TV inspector
- Barbara Scoppa as journalist
- Elisabetta Flumeri as journalist
- Salvatore Billa as Clark Gable
- Caterina Vertova
- "NY Times: Ginger and Fred". NY Times.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- Rogers v. Grimaldi, 875 F.2d 994 (2d Cir. 1989).
- Rogers v. Grimaldi, 875 F.2d 994, at 1001.
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