Variety Lights (1950) is a rarity in the career of Federico Fellini, though not an unexpected one for a first-time director. The film was a collaboration, in production, direction, and screenplay, with another auteur, Alberto Lattuada. Up to that time Fellini had worked mainly on screenplays (most notably Rosselliniís Open City), while Alberto Lattuada was already an established, respected director of neorealism and quality literary adaptations. Fellini fans and scholars have spent much time and ink on trying to determine who did what in the film ó a question immediately confused by the presence of both menís wives in the two lead female roles. Fellini himself has weighed in on the subject in his typically witty, elusive way.
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