Variety Lights


Variety Lights

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In this Italian film, an ambitious young girl (Carla Del Poggio) meets up with a traveling group of performers and decides to run off with them and leave her small-town life behind. In Italian with English subtitles, this picture was Federico Fellini's film debut.


Peppino De Filippo
as Checco Dal Monte
Carla Del Poggio
as Liliana 'Lily' Antonelli
John Kitzmiller
as Trumpet Player
Folco Lulli
as Adelmo Conti
Carlo Romano
as Enzo La Rosa
Gina Mascetti
as Valeria del Sole
Checco Durante
as Theater Owner
Enrico Piergentili
as Melina's Father
Fanny Marchio
as Soubrette
Silvio Bagolini
as Bruno Antonini
Vanja Orico
as Gypsy Singer
Franca Valeri
as Hungarian Designer
Giulio Calì
as Edison Will
Renato Malavasi
as Hotelkeeper
Marco Tulli
as Spectator
Alberto Lattuada
as Theater Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Variety Lights

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Audience Reviews for Variety Lights

  • Jan 09, 2010
    Federico Fellini co-directed "Variety Lights" with mentor Albert Lattuada, but it clearly bears his stamp -- the showbiz theme and loose, multi-character storytelling foreshadow his entire career. Fellini had not hooked up with composer Nino Rota yet, but the ever-delightful Giuletta Masina is here. The film's story follows a shabby vaudeville troupe led by the likably vulnerable Mr. Checco (Peppino de Filippo). A beautiful dancer seeking fame (Carla Del Poggio) contrives a way into the act and quickly becomes the star. Checco has a pattern of wooing his "discoveries" and soon falls for the new talent. This upsets his previous conquest (Masina), a dubious "master of disguise" who calls herself Melina Amour. Meanwhile, other problems with personnel and bookings threaten to sink the company. The first half is far stronger than its second -- once Del Poggio's character grabs the spotlight, the story loses steam. Still, "Variety Lights" is a must for Fellini fans. And perhaps for Woody Allen fans too -- the scenario seems a likely inspiration for "Broadway Danny Rose."
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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