Federico Fellini :: Films

Variety Lights - Luci del varietà

fellini-luci-del-varieta.jpgVariety Lights (Italian: Luci del varietà) is a 1950 Italian film directed and produced by Federico Fellini and Alberto Lattuada.

The film launched Fellini's directorial career, but was a collaboration (in production, direction, and screenwriting) with Alberto Lattuada. Up until that time, Fellini had been primarily a screenwriter (most notably working on Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City), while Lattuada was already an established and respected director of neorealist films and literary adaptations.

Variety Lights is a bittersweet drama about a group of second-rate theatrical performers on tour. The actors, dancers, and performers struggle to make money from town to town, playing to minimal crowds, while the ageing manager of the company falls in love with a newcomer, to the chagrin of his faithful mistress, played by Fellini's real-life wife, Giulietta Masina.

Below (incredibly and I am sure in violation of copyright) is the whole film on YouTube:

Orchestra Rehearsal

fellini-orchestra-rehearsal.jpgOrchestra Rehearsal (1978) is the last collaboration between Fellini and his long time composer colleague Nino Rota and it tells the tale of an Italian orchestra that goes on strike against their conductor.


fellini-casanova.jpgFellini's Casanova (1976) is Fellini's depiction of the life of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th century Venetian adventurer and world-famous lover. The respectable life he aspires to is constantly in contrast to the more basic urges and sexual situations in which he continues to find himself.


fellini-amaracord.jpgAmarcord (1973) loosely translated means "I remember" and is a coming of age comedy about life in a small seaside town during the Fascist period of the 1930s similar to the one where Fellini was born and raised.


fellini-roma.jpgFellini's Roma (1972 ) is an episodic collection of Fellini's views and opinions of Rome. It blends visions that are somewhat autobiographical including scenes of Fellini's experience as a newcomer to the city with the present day city.


fellini-satyricon.jpgFellini-Satyricon (1969) is loosely taken from a book written by Gaius Petronius from first century Rome about two student friends who argue over another boy. Only portions of the book have survived and the movie reflects this fragmented state.

Spirits of the Dead

fellini-spirits-of-the-dead.jpgSpirits of the Dead (1967) allows three famous directors including Fellini to each give their vision to an Edgar Allen Poe short story. "Toby Dammit" is an alcoholic English actor in Rome who is more interested in what will be given to him by the producers than filming the Italian western for which he was hired.

Juliet of the Spirits

fellini-juliet-of-the-spirits.jpgJuliet of the Spirits (1965) analyzes the identity crises of a middle aged Italian housewife who has over bearing women in her family and a cheating husband. She has visions and sees spirits that encourage her to change her life.

Fellini's "Roma" Poster

Here is a great poster available from AllPosters.com:

Federico Fellini Roma

Federico Fellini Roma, Giclee Print
24 in. x 32 in.
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8 1/2

fellini-8.5.jpg8 1/2 (1963) is a semi autobiographical film about a filmmaker who is struggling to stay inspired and on track in making his current film. He retreats to daydreams and memories to find inspiration.

Boccaccio '70

fellini-Boccaccio-'70.jpgBoccaccio '70 (1961) Four directors including Fellini each tell a short story with themes of morality and love. "The Temptation of Doctor Antonio" is Fellini's contribution.

La Dolce Vita

fellini-la-dolce-vita.jpgLa Dolce Vita (1960) takes place in the economic boom of post war Italy. Main character Marcello is a celebrity reporter and cheats on his long suffering girlfriend with a variety of society types. He can't seem to find any real meaning in his life and he is torn between the allure of society living and that of respectable domesticity.

Nights Of Cabiria

fellini-nights-of-cabiria.jpg Nights Of Cabiria (1956) is the sad story of an optimistic young prostitute who is hopeful for a better life. She is consistently disappointed by the men she meets and the movie ends with her following a band of children after being abandoned by her new husband that stole her money.

Il Bidone

Il Bidone (1955) means the "swindle" and is the story of an aging con artist who has spent his life conning peasants. He comes face to face with the meaningless life he has led when he meets his daughter whose life he has missed.

La Strada

fellini-la-strada.jpgLa Strada (1954) A free spirited young girl is sold by her family to a cantankerous circus performer as his assistant. A co-dependent bond develops between the two until a tragic accident tears them apart.

I Vitelloni

i-vitelloni.jpegI Vitelloni (1953) tells the story of five young men who are delaying their entry into adulthood in their small seaside town by living off the kindness of various family members. The film ends with one of the young men taking off to seek his fortune in Rome.

The White Sheik

fellini-white-sheik.jpegThe White Sheik (1951-2) Fellini's debut as a solo director follows a pair of young newlyweds who have come to Rome from the countryside. The groom wishes to see more traditional sites and visit the Pope while his bride dreams of seeing her idol, the White Sheik, a popular soap opera star of the day.

Luci del Varieta

Luci del Varieta (1950) Fellini's first film as a co director tells the story of how havoc ensues when a talented and beautiful young woman joins a group of misfit performers in a traveling vaudeville troupe.