And the Ship Sails On

Synopsis: In July 1914 a luxury cruise ship leaves Italy with the ashes of the famous opera singer Tetua. The boat is filled with her friends, opera singers, actors and all kinds of exotic people. Life is sweet the first days, but on the third day the captain has to save a a large number of Serbian refugees from the sea, refugees who has escaped the first tremors of WWI.
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Director(s): Federico Fellini
Production: Gaumont
  11 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min


They tell me:
"Do the news,

tell what happens!"

And who the hell knows

what happens?

Whoever might have accidentally

wandered onto Pier Number 10

one July morning of 1914 would

have seen that...

I must hand over the ashes

of Edmea Tetua

Mr. Partexano!

Permission to bring the ashes

of Edmea Tetua aboard

- Permission granted.

- On the broadside!

- What are you doing, Monica?

- It's very hot, Mommy!

Wait for it to cool!

Even if my husband agreed,

it doesn't mean anything

My husband is a great artist.

But don't get mad, darling...

he's simply a child

in business matters

I wouldn't say so. However, I'm

here to defend your interests

That's not true! You didn't act

on his behalf in that contract!

And I'll tell you why.


advertising. It's not

to his advantage

Change the soprano, she's more

prominent than my husband

Charity or not, I won't appear

before a stupid bunch of kids

I'm Ricotin, a sophisticated


Children are not my audience!

- Intellectuals appreciate me!

- That's what you think, darling!

Your last reviews

were disastrous

- Gilbert the French critic...

- Comply with your contract!

You're here to advertise my

film, nothing else!

Well, the Hindus around

Bombay say,

even though I don't know

if it's true or not,

that if you look a tiger

straight in the eye

- She won't attack you.

- Is that possible, Sir Reginald?

- What?

- I asked if it's easy to do

No, quite the contrary.

It's the hardest thing on earth

especially if the tiger

looks at you

straight in the eye

Where are all these beautiful

people going?

How is it that we see them all

together aboard this

- Fabulous...

- Excuse me for cutting in,

but here you're in

the waiters' way

Could you please go into that

corner, for example?

- I see.

- Thanks, that's kind of you

I'm grateful. Excuse me

As I was saying, where are all

these characters going?

They represent, as it were,

the highest

values in the fascinating world

of show business, of the arts

Now I'll tell you who they are

The talented superintendent

of La Scala in Milan

his illustrious colleague

of the Rome opera

the one involved in the scandal

of cats, of rats

And that one is

his second wife,

the former singer Rumena.

The one with her back turned

is his first wife's daughter

His secretary, a medium with

amazing visions

and by the window, the legendary

conductor Von Rupert

the child prodigy, slightly more

child than prodigy,

holding on as always to his

terrible mother's skirts

Out there is a seagull, it beats

its wings like a conductor

- In the style of...

- My work as a chronicler is hard

due to the amount and accuracy of

the information I must provide

Now let's see... oh yes

The famous tenor Aureliano


That would be the bearded one

feeding the seagull

- Do you want it? I'll eat it!

- How witty

The two superintendents of the

Vienna opera, born in Warsaw

Ah, a toast, thank you!

The feared columnist,

Brenda Hilton

How are you, Ziloev?

He is the deepest bass

in the world

The mezzo Valegnani and the

ever so nice Ines Ruffo Salitin

The singing masters Rubetti.

And finally, she

who after the death of Tetua

became a well-loved queen

among today's voices:

Ildebranda Cuffari

- What's your name, sir?

- David Fizmaier.

- What do you do?

- I'm a conductor

- Ah, an orchestra conductor?

- Precisely

Thank you. And the lady?

- She's a famous dancer!

- I see

- And what's her name?

- What do you mean? Svetlana!

- Everyone knows her!

- Thanks

Oh, it came in!

I didn't know it could fly


It's obvious that it's

a domestic seagull!

Go to the tool room,

have them bring a ladder!

- Partexano! The net!

- What?

The net, in my cabin!

It never happened! Excuse me!

It was a stupid incident

I'm really...

- I'm scared.

- Don't be afraid, they'll catch it

Without a doubt, they will!

Take it there and be on guard

By the way,

who's going upstairs?

- Be quick!

- Captain, let us try

They will only frighten

it more.

That's right, the net!

Watch the chandeliers!

And the bird was free

to look for its birdcage

- Do I know you, sir?

- I wanted to interview you

- Then talk to my secretary.

- O.K., later then

- Come on, go out. Through here.

- Have they caught it?

Go out. Fly away.

Bye, beautiful!

Close the window! Tomorrow I'll

change my table

Captain, the seagull has left,

sending regards

- It didn't like the menu.

- He should change his table

- The feather fell on your neck!

- Get it off!

- Please, get it off!

- Don't get excited, my dear

- But lldebranda, it brings luck.

- I don't see anything

The bird wanted to pay its

respects to you. Here we are!

I don't want to see it!

- Maestro!

- One, two...

A 5-meter-high equestrian


It was his dream! And now that

he's got it

he cannot see it, poor Papa!

Long live our prince!

I'm a journalist, I must

interview the Grand Duke, please

The noble person we've awaited is

the Grand Duke of Herzog

How old is he?

Judging by his political ability,

I think about eight

He is followed by his sister Herimia,

the blind princess

who lost her sight while still

a child. Have you noticed?

She walks at the side of

the Premier so confidently!

She doesn't want compassion

and she doesn't want help,

as if she could see!

Consomme Vichyssoise, turtle

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Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Italian: [fedeˈriːko felˈliːni]; 20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. His films have ranked, in polls such as Cahiers du cinéma and Sight & Sound, as some of the greatest films of all time. Sight & Sound lists his 1963 film 8½ as the 10th-greatest film of all time. In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the Palme d'Or for La Dolce Vita, was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.Besides La Dolce Vita and 8½, his other well-known films include La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, Satyricon, Amarcord and Fellini's Casanova. more…

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