And the Ship Sails On
And the Ship Sails On (1984)

This Federico Fellini make is set in just-pre WW I times upon a ocean liner cruising with a curious assemblage of opera lovers and artsy types who've come aboard to join in a funeral voyage dedicated to a recently deceased opera queen.… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 24, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

[The film] is to most movies what the Folies-Bergere was to the theater, a celebration of spectacle, even when it exists only for its own sake.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

For a movie that revels in its very artificiality, And the Ship Sails On possesses an astonishing emotional resonance in its last scenes.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Can be seen as a highly imaginative history lesson of the passing of an era

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Obviously, it isn't the intellectual content that's meant to carry the picture, but even Fellini's elaborate visuals seem timid and uninspired this time around.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Veers from the tedious to the fascinating.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

A lesser Fellini is still much greater than most of the product presented for our consumption.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

In the end, 'And the Ship Sails On' is a cruise to nowhere - diverting, but a bit dull.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The picture is worth watching, if only for the scenes with the rhino and the lengthy opening sequence, which begins as a scratchy, sepia-toned silent film that gradually but gloriously develops into a colorful sound picture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With a gorgeous cinematography and production design, this is probably the most stunning Fellini film while also a work that offers a smart social commentary -… More
Ken Stachnik
A very interesting film but very uneven, the opening is fantastic though...
Arash Xak
Better than Intervista but still not that interesting