Fellini brings Mastroianni together with another icon of Italian cinema, Giulietta Masina, for this alternately sweet and sour spoof of televisual inanity. They play former dance partners once famous for impersonating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. She’s now an adorably sweet-hearted grandmother; he’s a disheveled, dissolute degenerate. Forty years after breaking up the act, they reunite for an elaborate Christmas TV special, envisioned by Fellini as an oddball extravaganza of fame-hungry weirdoes, deviants, and MTV wannabes. The prickly satire is balanced by the touching interplay between Mastroianni and Masina, who lend the film its human, odd-couple comedy core.
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