Fellini 100
Screening Dates
  • January 2, 2021 3:15
  • January 3, 2021 7:00
  • January 6, 2021 8:45
New Restoration

“Endearing ... A gentle comedy that delights in its own artifice ... Fellini glories in the clunky machinery of moviemaking.”

Jay Scott, Globe and Mail

Artifice and eccentricity reign charmingly supreme in Fellini’s And the Ship Sails On, a loving elegy for a vanished era. Fellini and production designer Dante Ferretti built an enormous make-believe ocean liner on a Cinecittà soundstage to mount this episodic tale of a colourful group of passengers — aristocrats, impresarios, and music-world celebrities, all fond Felliniesque grotesques — who set sail from Naples on a memorial voyage to scatter the ashes of a famous opera diva. The year is 1914; encounters with boatloads of refugees and a belligerent battleship are reminders of the war clouds gathering over Europe. Navigating a cellophane sea under painted skies, Fellini’s stylized Ship of Fools includes a love-sick rhinoceros, odes to silent cinema, and plenty of kinky hijinks.

“A joyful act of cinematic prestidigitation … And the Ship Sails On floats serenely above the realities of ordinary movies.”

Vincent Canby, New York Times

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