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


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 <>

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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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Nice. Not great, but nice.
6 January 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

If you enjoy Fellini's earlier films, Nights of Cabiria and La Strada, specifically, Variety Lights will please you. A sweet-hearted film not much in the vain of Italian Neorealism (Nights of Cabiria and La Strada were more like the neorealistic classics), but more like the poetic realism of 1930s French cinema, Variety lights is straightforward, unlike Fellini's later films, for instance, La Dolce Vita, and very enjoyable. It never impresses as deeply as most of Fellini's masterpiece, but, hey, it was his earliest directorial effort. You also have to see it, Fellini lovers, for Giulietta Masina's supporting role; it gives you a hint of her later masterful roles. 8/10

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