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Variety Lights (1950)

Luci del varietà (original title)
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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Federico Fellini (screenplay), Federico Fellini (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peppino De Filippo ... Checco Dal Monte
Carla Del Poggio ... Liliana 'Lily' Antonelli
Giulietta Masina ... Melina Amour
John Kitzmiller ... Trumpet player Johnny
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Remo
Checco Durante Checco Durante ... Theater Owner
Gina Mascetti Gina Mascetti ... Valeria del Sole
Giulio Calì Giulio Calì ... Magician Edison Will
Silvio Bagolini Silvio Bagolini ... Bruno Antonini
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Duke
Mario De Angelis Mario De Angelis ... Maestro
Vanja Orico Vanja Orico ... Moema - brazilian singer
Enrico Piergentili Enrico Piergentili ... Melina's Father
Renato Malavasi Renato Malavasi ... Hotelkeeper
Joseph Falletta 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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Federico Fellini's First Feature Film

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Italy

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Release Date:

7 December 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Variety Lights See more »

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Capitolium See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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First small masterpiece of great Fellini
9 April 2017 | by rodrig58See all my reviews

Very good after so many years, like an old good wine. Probably the best role of Peppino De Filippo. A beneficial "workout" for a very young Giulietta Masina, before becoming Gelsomina in "La Strada" and Maria 'Cabiria' Ceccarelli in "The Nights of Cabiria", directed by the same huge Fellini. For Fellini, is the first film he directs, together with Alberto Lattuada. The beautiful Carla Del Poggio, Lattuada's wife in real life, stands in the role Liliana 'Lily' Antonelli. All the actors, although not big names of the Italian cinema, are very talented. The music is not signed yet by Nino Rota, but by Felice Lattuada. A very good film, to be seen at any time, again and again. Watch for a very young Vittorio Caprioli in the role of The Night Club Comic.


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