And the Ship Sails On
Film depicts the events on board a luxury liner filled with the friends of a deceased opera singer who have gathered to mourn her.
Not my favorite Fellini.
And the movie sails on over the horizon, looking for a nice spot to sink itself.
After my profound disappointment with Fellini’s last effort, And the Ship Sails On came as a very welcome surprise. The film, a frothily satisfying look at the class structures of the Belle Époque at the outbreak of WWI, benefits from a symbiosis of production design and purpose that has been lacking in the director’s works immediately prior (excepting, of course, the stripped back Orchestra Rehearsal).
It also doesn’t hurt that, here, Fellini sets out to mock shallowness and self-involvement of the upper classes rather than baiting women seeking their rightful place in a fair and equitable society. Letting go… letting go…
Fellini treats us to a suitably extravagant microcosm of pre-War society aboard the Gloria N., a monolithic ocean liner.…