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  • Actors: Freddie Jones, Barbara Jefford, Victor Poletti, Peter Cellier, Elisa Mainardi
  • Directors: Federico Fellini
  • Writers: Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra
  • Producers: Aldo Nemni, Franco Cristaldi, Renzo Rossellini
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Sept. 28 1999
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0780022270
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,850 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In Fellini's quirky, imaginative fable, a motley crew of European aristocrats (and a lovesick rhinoceros!) board a luxurious ocean liner on the eve of World War I to scatter the ashes of a beloved diva. Fabricated entirely in Rome's famed Cinecittà studios, And the Ship Sails On (E la nave va) reaches spectacular new visual heights with its stylized re-creation of a decadent bygone era. Criterion is proud to present this rarely-seen gem in an exclusive widescreen transfer with new English subtitles.

Federico Fellini's 1984 And the Ship Sails On is one of the late master's most fanciful projects, while simultaneously striking one of the most somber notes in the director's filmography. The year is 1914, the eve of World War I and the coming destruction of Europe's old, cultured aristocracy, an elite class mourned in many a film from Renoir's The Grand Illusion to Truffaut's The Green Room. A luxury liner sets sail from Italy, full of artists, a royal entourage, and one rhinoceros. The point of the voyage is to scatter the ashes of a world-famous diva, but the exotic passengers--blithely unaware of the imminent conflict--have many, more private intrigues going on behind closed doors. Still, it is the self-containment and formality of these travelers, at once absurd and moving, that sticks with the viewer: the way the many singers, musicians, and conductors (and one plump archduke) seem aware, in public, of embodying a privileged history. Fellini films all the action aboard an impressively lush and blatantly artificial set, with a painted sky, paper moon, and cellophane sea, all underscoring the dreamy, precious nature of this adventure. The camera itself becomes a kind of character via a determined journalist (Freddie Jones) who speaks to us directly, drawing the film into vaguely obscene disruptions of an otherwise serene formalism. --Tom Keogh

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To my mind, "And the ship sails on" is maybe Fellini's best movie.
The story is delightful, fantasmagoric allegory about the last days of Grand Old Europe, when the "old order" with its nobility and social hierarchy blows up in smoke, in 1914, with the events that lead to WWI.
Fellini, though, is not interested in real events and precise history. He is a fable teller, portraying old Europe, to a grand ocean liner, set on a ceremonial voyage, to scatter the ashes of a famous opera diva, who had recently died. Upon the ship are all the rich and famous of Europe's nobility, as well as all the top musicians and opera singer-stars who joined in for the ride. Stacked in the lower compartments are the poor and the hungry, fleeing refugees brought on board as an act of compassion, that form the powder keg that will ignite the inevitable final explosion .
It is impossible to describe the kaleidoscopic scenes that occur between the passangers as the ship sails on. Imbued with fantastic portrayals of musical rivalry, political intrigue, lascivious affairs, and a pervasive sense of magic tinged with irony- the entire voyage, with its lavish scenery, turns into a tragi-comic, dream-like happening, where the spectator is tickled as much as emotionally moved. Only Fellini the master could conjure such a dazzling, symbolic and unbelievably lovely spectacle of a human folly of an era.
A lot of fun and a classic must.
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My goodness, what a crashing bore! After my first viewing of this film, I couldn't believe how boring and bad this was. Then, I read the positively glowing reviews here and on the IMDB site, so I decided to watch it again in case I missed something. Unfortunately, it was just as bad, if not worse, a second time. Compared to his quasi-perfect "Nights Of Cabiria", you'll wonder what went through Fellini's head when he made this. The acting is far from professional, the Italian dubbing is truly atrocious, and the surrealist concept makes the whole thing look like a cheap high school project (check out the papier-mache rhino). There are some moments that, had they been sustained, would have helped make this movie much better. But they were too few. The opening sequence is absolutely fabulous, for example, and shows some real imagination. But once the dialog starts flowing, it's downhill from there. I'm sure that many who read this review will state that I simply didn't "get it". My reply is that they're trying to read too much into this film with their explanations of what the ship actually represents and the disdain of the upper-class towards...oh, such puffed-up pretentious hogwash! Get over yourselves! This is not a symbolism movie by any means. It's just a cheap poorly-executed film. Considering that it was made in 1984, I find it surprising this remastered and re-struck print would have skips in it. Not a good thing. Also, there are no extras with this disc. There's a chapter search function and the English subtitles are optional, but that's it. No trailers, no interviews. Unless you enjoy being bored, skip this one altogether and save your money for something better. Of all the Criterion DVDs I own, this is the first to disappoint. I hope it's also the last.
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This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
The film's original title is "E la nave va"
It follows the story of an ocean liner going into the Mediterrainian Sea to scatter the ashes of a famous singer near the island she grew up on. The film takes place just before the start of World War I. The assassination of Ferdinand is mentioned as just having happened partway through the film. They later take on Serbian passengers and the crew suspect them of being spies.
Unfortunately, there are no special features on this DVD.
The film has some interesting scenes. The beginning scene reminded me of the first scene in the 1997 version of Titanic witht he black and white slow silent footage of the ship.
Later the film seuges from black and white into color in a manner similar to a scene in Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris which was released by the Criterion Collection on DVD exactly 1 day before the release of Steven Soderbergh's remake of Solaris.
The film has some some humorous scenes one of which is a man singing in a bass tune, causing a chicken to fall asleep.
This is a must for anyone interested in Italian cinema.
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The problem with people who've watched past Fellini films expect the same cinematic effect from his later ones. There's a certain magic that exists in the first few Fellini films you've watched. He makes you create movies in your own mind through a flowing series of fantastic images. Fellini's films don't really say too much in contrast to Bergman or Bunuel or even his pupil Wertmuller save for his constant jabs with the aristocracy and organized religion. Most of his films are made to serve the purpose of essential cinema. One just has to watch and enjoy the scenery like does a painter's obra maestra. And that is where his genius in artistry lies. He's not like other colleagues of his who are burdened with social responsibility to weave images out of their moral consciousness. Such is the case of And The Ship Sails On. This is one movie that dazzles both the eye and ear. Sit back and relax and let yourself be glided through this experience in Felliniesque phantasmagoria. True enough, the Criterion version does not offer extras which may make one think twice about the price of the disk. But then, a Fellini DVD is worth more than a lot of others of the same price range. Enjoy!
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