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Italian cinematic maestro Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2) shows that, even in his mid-sixties, he had lost none of his power to shock, entertain and amaze with And The Ship Sails On, his haunting and majestic `comedy of arias'.
Made in 1983, the film is set on the eve of the first world war, but this matters little
to the peacock parade of opera celebrities who cast off on a luxury liner to scatter the
ashes of the world's greatest diva near her native adriatic island. yet their gilded
world is about to receive a chill blast of reality. The captain has rescued a group of
serbian refugees and an enemy battleship looms on the horizon, demanding their
surrender. Unbeknown to the passengers, their old order is about to be eradicated on
a global scale and the ship sails on to a fate as inevitable as that of the Titanic.