Variety Lights

  • Dir: Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada

  • Italy, 1950, 100 minmins

  • Cast: Peppino De Filippo, Carla Del Poggio, Giulietta Masina

Fellini’s directorial debut – the half credit that later forms part of the title of his masterpiece – is a stunning film in tandem with veteran Alberto Lattuada. Featuring their actresswives, it’s a bittersweet story of life among a vaudeville troupe turned topsy-turvy when a beautiful ingénue becomes a temptress to the unwary leader. Simultaneously a reflection of Fellini’s neorealist root and an anticipation of his miraculous future, Variety Lights demonstrates his deep affection for his characters – the quixotic outcasts who greet life’s disappointment with resilience, hope, and a little smile.

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress

Federico Fellini 100 is part of the Federico Fellini 100 Tour, a series of centennial tributes to Federico Fellini (1920–1993), which will travel to major museums and film institutions worldwide, coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni from Luce Cinecittà. All films (unless noted) have been digitally restored by Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cine teca Nazionale.



In-theatre Screening


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