Despite the shared directorial credit, there's no doubt into whose filmography this cherishable oddity fits; and more than just the parade of eccentric dreamers and melancholy misfits identifies it. In the margin of its brash and tolerably sentimental story of the punctured pretensions of a troupe of second-rate travelling music-hall players, is examined a tension between 'artist' and 'showman' that not only anticipates the subsequent polarity of critical attitudes to Fellini, but also chimes perfectly with the elements of reflexive stock-taking in Casanova.
Cast and crew
Alberto Lattuada, Federico Fellini
Federic Fellini, Alberto Lattuada, Tullio Pinelli
Carla Del Poggio Peppino de Filippo Giulietta Masina John Kitzmiller Folco Lulli Franca Valeri Carlo Romano Silvio Bagolini