And The Ship Sails On (E La Nave Va)


(out of 5)

This beautiful Fellini film doesn’t have much in the way of story but is a feast for the eyes and ears. A diverse group of aristocrats and commoners board a ship upon which they hold a memorial for a famous actress () whose wish was to be buried at sea. The colourful characters and their anecdotal experiences make up the first half of the film, until later when the crew pick up a crowd of stranded Serbian refugees and class conflicts erupt. The political allegory has all the subtlety of dynamite, a trademark of Fellini’s later career, but the magical cinematography and sumptuous music score make it all highly enjoyable. Moreover, Fellini’s deliberate admission, particularly in the closing sequence, that it’s all just a movie makes the artificial stylization all that much easier to swallow.

, , ,

Italy/France, 1983

Directed by

Screenplay by Federico Fellini,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by , ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s