Essential Art: Variety Lights

Essential Art: Variety Lights

Director: Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada Cast: Silvio Bagolini, Alberto Bonucci

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Federico Fellini's directorial debut (co-directed with veteran Alberto Lattuada), Luci del Varietà is a bittersweet drama about a bunch of misfits in a traveling vaudeville troupe. The group of actors, dancers, and performers struggle to make it from town to town, playing to minimal crowds. Their comedic leader, Checco Dal Monte (Peppino De Filippo) just wants his act to be a success. His longtime sweetheart, Melina Amour (Fellini's wife Giulietta Masina), keeps the business end of things together and saves up money with plans of buying a business. Stumbling into one small town for another show, Checco meets beauty queen Lily (Carla Del Poggio) and puts her in the show as a dancer. When it appears that her sex appeal is drawing in large crowds of enthusiastic spectators, she quickly becomes the star of the show. Checco soon becomes infatuated with her, casting aside Melina and breaking up the troupe in order to put on a showcase for Lily instead. The loyal group of outcast performers are left without a leader, while star-eyed Lily proves to be relentless in her quest for fame.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2000
UPC: 0037429150023
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:37:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Silvio Bagolini Bruno Antonini
Alberto Bonucci Duet
Vittorio Caprioli Actor
Peppino De Filippo Checco Dal Monte
Carla del Poggio Liliana "Lily" Antonelli
Checco Durante Theater Owner
Giacomo Furia Duke
John Kitzmiller Johnny
Alberto Lattuada Theater Attendant
Folco Lulli Adelmo Conti
Dante Maggio Remo, comedian
Fanny Marchio Soubrette
Gina Mascetti Valeria del Sole
Giulietta Masina Melina Amour
Enrico Piergentili Melina's Father
Carlo Romano Enzo La Rosa
Marco Tulli Spectator
Franca Valeri Hungarian Designer

Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Alberto Lattuada Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mario Bonotti Editor
Aldo Buzzi Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Otello Martelli Cinematographer
Tullio Pinelli Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:14]
2. Unpaid Debt [5:57]
3. The Beach Queen [5:56]
4. Carriage for Hire [4:33]
5. "This One Wants to Be a Dancer" [3:36]
6. Bikinies for All [5:38]
7. Repeat Performances [3:44]
8. The Long Walk to Dinner [3:05]
9. A Feast [6:19]
10. Lilliana's Protector [5:42]
11. The Big City [2:22]
12. Lobster and Rhubarb Cordial [8:43]
13. Thirty-Two Girls [7:17]
14. Better Than Beckett [2:50]
15. Bad Times for Artists [6:18]
16. "The Company is Formed" [2:25]
17. Napoleon, Verdi, Garibaldi [2:51]
18. Bewitched [2:42]
19. Second Billing [3:30]
20. ."..Remember Our Dreams?" [5:04]
21. Upstaged By the Beast [2:23]
22. To Milan/ End Credits [3:58]

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