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Variety Lights (1950)

Luci del varietà (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 7 December 1956 (France)
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

Certificate:

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Italy

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Italian | English | Russian

Release Date:

7 December 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Variety Lights See more »

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Production Co:

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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A strong debut for Federico Fellini
29 August 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Lights of Variety is not one of Fellini's(co-directing with Alberto Lattuada) best, there is a slight sense that he was yet to find his feet and style, which was understandable considering that it was his first film. This said, he does delight in revealing human faces behind social masks while breaking with the neorealist tradition of the location of characters within the environment they're in. So there are some interesting touches without falling into self-indulgence yet not as ambitious as some of his middling efforts. The story is a simple one detailing love and desire within show-business but told very movingly, while Lights of Variety is also beautifully filmed, powerfully written and scored with bright exuberance. The characters are not detached yet are identifiable(if not so much as Ginger and Fred, La Strada and Nights of Cabiria) and you do relate to their plights. Peppino De Filippo, Carla Del Poggio and Giulietta Masina give top notch performances. All in all, a strong debut from Fellini even if he went on to even better things. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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