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Variety Lights (1950)
"Luci del varietà" (original title)

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A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peppino De Filippo ...
Carla Del Poggio ...
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John Kitzmiller ...
Trumpet player Johnny
Dante Maggio ...
Remo
Checco Durante ...
Theater Owner
Gina Mascetti ...
Valeria del Sole
Giulio Calì ...
Magician Edison Will
Silvio Bagolini ...
Bruno Antonini
Giacomo Furia ...
Duke
Mario De Angelis ...
Maestro
Vanja Orico ...
Moema - brazilian singer
Enrico Piergentili ...
Melina's Father
Renato Malavasi ...
Hotelkeeper
Joseph Falletta ...
Pistolero Bill (as Joe Falletta)
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Storyline

When a young woman of beauty and talent joins a provincial vaudeville troupe, they're suddenly playing to packed houses, and their aging comic Checco Dalmonte gets big ideas. He falls in love with the ingenue, Liliana, and ignores his companion of several years, Melina Amour. (She wants to marry Checco and she's saving to open a deli.) Also, believing he can be an impresario, he hires other actors and begins rehearsal for a revue that will star Liliana and himself. Liliana admires Checco, but she's being squired around town by Adelmo Conti, the assistant to the region's biggest impresario. Can Checco's new troupe hold onto Liliana, and how will Melina fare? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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6 December 1950 (Italy)  »

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Variety Lights  »

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The first film directed by Federico Fellini. See more »

Quotes

Checco Dal Monte: [to Lily] I'm an artist. So are you. You've got spunk, spunk! You'll see. You and I together, always! I will be the performer. I don't need anyone. I will form the company. I promise you.
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What's there to say...it's a Fellini
14 September 2003 | by (Premiere Video (Denton, Tx)) – See all my reviews

Master storyteller Fellini tried out his directing chops for the first time with ‘Luci del Varieta'. Creating a memorable cast of characters and memorable situations along the way, I think it's safe to say it was a very good first effort. Checco (Peppino De Filippo) is a frustrating man that thinks with everything except his head. An optimist first, the realities of his intentions are just short of ridiculous. Overall, Fellini handles the film with such a delicate humor, the actors are provided with every opportunity to flesh out their characters and make each one very unique. A simple story told well by the man who would go on to telling amazing stories. Rating: 28/40


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