Ginger and Fred

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]

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 byFederico Fellini
Produced byAlberto Grimaldi
Heinz Bibo
Screenplay byFederico Fellini
Tonino Guerra
Tullio Pinelli
Story byFederico Fellini
Tonino Guerra
Music byNicola Piovani
Irving Berlin
Jerome Kern
Lorenz Hart
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
Ennio Guarnieri
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Distributed by
  • Istituto Luce-Italnoleggio Cinematografico (Italy)
Release date
January 13, 1986 (France)
Running time
125 minutes
West Germany
Box office$837,623[1]

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 awards in 1986 by the U.S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, [5] as well as the 1987 Golden Globes and BAFTA. Masina received a David di Donatello for Best Actress award for her role (1986).

See also


  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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