Fellini 100
Screening Dates
  • July 11, 2021 4:00
  • July 12, 2021 8:40
  • July 14, 2021 6:00
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