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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Fellini from A to Z
Quite a simple story,actually,one that should have been made into a much shorter film,or a single episode of another film,according to the director himself."Ginger And Fred" is of course beautifully directed(check the first scenes or the gorgeous making of the TV show,with all its bizarre guests),but also beautifully interpreted.This is the last time Giulietta...
Published on 19 July 2001

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite my cup of tea
Maybe you need to like Fellini movies, or quirky cult films in which nothing really happens, but now that I have bought this movie and have seen it, I realise I should have suspected it would be "rather unusual". It is after all Fellini, and he happens to be not-my-taste. It reminds me a little of the "cult" movie (which I do in fact love) called "King of Hearts" with...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite my cup of tea, 23 Sep 2013
This review is from: Ginger and Fred [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
Maybe you need to like Fellini movies, or quirky cult films in which nothing really happens, but now that I have bought this movie and have seen it, I realise I should have suspected it would be "rather unusual". It is after all Fellini, and he happens to be not-my-taste. It reminds me a little of the "cult" movie (which I do in fact love) called "King of Hearts" with Alan Bates (late 1960's, I think) - it too is a "foreign-language film" (French in that case; Italian in the case of "Ginger and Fred") and is very quirky indeed, but at least with that film it is often amusing, it has a storyline, it is very endearing, and it has several "messages" (anti-war is a mere one of them) - not that a message is by any means necessary, but it at least made that slightly bizarre (but somehow lovely) film more interesting than "Ginger and Fred", which didn't seem to say anything at all about anything or anyone. To be fair, it is atmospheric, and the costumes are memorable, as are some of the characters, and the acting is great, but none of that is enough to make up for its (in my view) defects.

I watched this film to the end only so that I could be fair in my opinion about it, but in fact I didn't care for it at all. To me, "Ginger and Fred" is SO cultish and peculiar that it has very little appeal and also has hardly even a story - I was longing for a truly impressive dance scene, or a happy ending, or anything making me feel I hadn't wasted my time in watching it. However, I do want to be fair and admit that I am sure that if you like this sort of film in general, you will find that this one is well done and original, but as for being an entertaining film with a pleasing story line (the ending I can only call non-descript and disappointing), this isn't it.

The main reason I am even bothering to write a review is not to write a critique but merely to be enable anyone thinking of buying the film to have a better idea of what it's like than I did when I was considering its purchase. So to me personally this is a one-star movie, or even no stars, but I am only too aware that this is purely subjective and that someone else might love the film; I imagine that lots of people no doubt do like it, and all I can say is that it's great that people have different tastes. So my message is simply this: - be aware that if you buy this film, it IS extremely unusual and not exactly fast-moving (!), but maybe you'll love it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Fellini from A to Z, 19 July 2001
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This review is from: Ginger And Fred [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Quite a simple story,actually,one that should have been made into a much shorter film,or a single episode of another film,according to the director himself."Ginger And Fred" is of course beautifully directed(check the first scenes or the gorgeous making of the TV show,with all its bizarre guests),but also beautifully interpreted.This is the last time Giulietta Masina appeared in one of her husband's films,and the second last for Mastroianni,who makes a brief but unforgettable appearance in "Intervista",a few years later. The film is both the story of these two old dancers who performed in the shadow of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers thirty or forty years before, and a violent attack on TV shows.Fellini didn't really like TV,sure he didn't,and he explains why in this truly moving masterpiece.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite fellini film., 24 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Ginger and Fred [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
I have seen this film over 15 times.I cannot really see doing this with any other fellini film, though I'm no expert.Sometimes there are moments of wading through with his episodic films,no disrespect to them at all, but I felt I was through to the other side with this.I never like reviewing the contents of films I review, suffice it to say it's a desert island film.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be Fooled, 1 Feb 2010
This review is from: Ginger and Fred [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
Don't be fooled by the title and cover picture for this dvd. It is not about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I was looking forward to watching Fred and Ginger in action and instead was presented a very poor substitute.
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