• Directors

    Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada

  • With

    Peppino De Filippo, Carla Del Poggio, Giulietta Masina

  • Italy 1950. 98min

  • 35mm + Digital 4K (restoration)

  • Certificate


  • English subtitles

After writing three of Lattuada’s films, Fellini co-directed his feature debut as part of a cooperative. Del Poggio and Masina, the filmmakers’ wives, star in this bittersweet tale about a troupe of weary vaudeville performers and their lives behind the lights, with their extravagances, miseries, small dramas and illusory desires. The circus-like universe and the comic melancholy of the film anticipate much of Fellini’s subsequent work.

The screenings of Lights of Variety on Thursday 13 June 18:00 and Thursday 20 June 18:20 will be presented on 35mm. The Saturday 1 June 13:15, Monday 10 June 20:45 and Wednesday 26 June 12:10 screenings will be presented in a digital 4K restoration.

Restored in 4K in 2020 by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, in collaboration with Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Turin at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.

35mm courtesy of Cinecittà.

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