"Their great hour struck in the late 1940s. Amelia Bonetti and Pippo Botticella shone on the vaudeville stages with their imitation of a tap dance number by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. But more than thirty years have passed since the two last performed under the nameGinger e Fred. Pippo is now a salesman and Amelia the owner of a small store. In the context of a Christmas entertainment program, the television remembers the two and invites them. As they prepare for their old dance number, Amelia learns from a stagehand that Pippo did not get over their breakup. Immediately before their big performance, a power failure plunges the studio into silence and darkness. Huddled together on the floor, the two take advantage of the unexpected quiet amid the hubbub for an intimate conversation."
"Fellini combines his satire of the unculture of organized mass entertainment of television and advertising with a wistful and moving reflection on the loss of humanity in the age of consumer societies. Formally of overwhelming visual power, the film is also a farewell to a certain kind of artistry."
Encyclopedia of International Film
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Italy, France, FRG 1986.
126 min. color. DCP. I/d
Directed by Federico Fellini
Screenplay: Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra
Cinematography: Tonino Delli Colli, Ennino Guarnieri
Editing: Nino Baragli, Ugo De Rossi, Ruggero Mastroianni
Music: Nicola Piovani
With: Marcello Mastroianni, Giulietta Masina, Franco Fabrizi
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