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

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  6 December 1950 (Italy)
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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 ...
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John Kitzmiller ...
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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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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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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A circus rides through Italy.
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I admit it: I struggle more with Fellini than any other "master" of the cinematic cannon. If you recall the annoying guy in the movie line behind Alvy Singer and Annie Hall, I'm afraid to say that I agree with most everything he said about Fellini. Having said that, this, his first work as a (co-) director, is quite delightful. Here, the things that would get the master excited throughout his career- the circus, the city, night and delirium- are ecstatically expounded, but without the brooding insistence on metaphorical significance that would take over from "La Dolce Vita" on. Watching this, I simply felt myself to be on a wild ride, and there were even moments that made Fellini's signature elements feel as mystical as the director would later "command" his audiences to feel them. But here, the mysticism came naturally, and therefore seemed much more legitimately profound and unexpected.


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