Ginger and Fred
- For the building in Prague, see Dancing House. You may also be looking for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
|Ginger and Fred|
Italian film poster
|Directed by||Federico Fellini|
|Produced by||Alberto Grimaldi|
|Screenplay by||Federico Fellini|
|Story by||Federico Fellini|
|Music by||Nicola Piovani|
|Cinematography||Tonino Delli Colli|
|Edited by||Ruggero Mastroianni|
|January 13, 1986 (France)|
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. 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, imitating Ginger Rogers' and Fred Astaire's dance routines. Thirty years after they've retired, they team up one more time for a live 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
Ginger and Fred was nominated for best foreign film awards in 1986 by the U.S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, as well as the 1987 Golden Globes and BAFTA. Masina received a David di Donatello for Best Actress award for her role (1986).
- "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.
- "1986 Award Winners". National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
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