Variety Lights
Variety Lights (1965)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 6, 1965
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

The cognoscenti will recognize touches that have turned up in eight Fellini features that followed this one.

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TV Guide

Even in this early effort the whimsical, odd world of Fellini comes dancing forth.

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Scott Renshaw
Apollo Guide

While many viewers may watch it primarily to look for clues as to the filmmaker Fellini would become, there's actually a perfectly satisfying narrative at its core.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a refreshingly evocative backstage showbiz pic, that tells a familiar story with much compassion for human frailty.

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Gabe Leibowitz

Delightfully charming and whimsical, if nowhere near as consequential as Fellini's best.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It ranks with the more simple pleasures of Nights of Cabiria and La Strada -- in short, some of Fellini's best work.

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Fernando F. Croce

In as sordid a trade as showbiz, it pays to create theater out of life's miseries

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a funny, touching film about the foibles of desire and the dreams of stardom shared by both the young and the old

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
Federico Fellini co-directed "Variety Lights" with mentor Albert Lattuada, but it clearly bears his stamp -- the showbiz theme and loose,… More