Ginger and Fred

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Ginger and Fred
Ginger and Fred poster.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed by Federico Fellini
Produced by Alberto Grimaldi
Heinz Bibo
Screenplay by Federico Fellini
Tonino Guerra
Tullio Pinelli
Story by Federico Fellini
Tonino Guerra
Music by Nicola Piovani
Irving Berlin
Jerome Kern
Lorenz Hart
Cinematography Tonino Delli Colli
Ennio Guarnieri
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Distributed by
Release date
13 January 1986 (France:premiere)
March 28, 1986 (US)
Running time
125 minutes
Country Italy
West Germany
Language Italian
Box office $837,623[1]

Ginger and Fred (Italian: Ginger e Fred) is a 1986 comedy/drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Giulietta Masina.[2]

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 film was the subject of a trademark claim in the United States by Ginger Rogers, who claimed in Rogers v. Grimaldi that the film violated her Lanham Act trademark rights, right of publicity, and was a "false light" defamation.[3] 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."[4]


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.



Ginger and Fred was nominated for Best Foreign Film of 1986 by the U.S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[5]

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  2. ^ "NY Times: Ginger and Fred". NY Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  3. ^ Rogers v. Grimaldi, 875 F.2d 994 (2d Cir. 1989).
  4. ^ Rogers v. Grimaldi, 875 F.2d 994, at 1001.
  5. ^ "1986 Award Winners". National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 

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