Variété was the high point in the career of German film pioneer Ewald André Dupont, and it ranks among the most influential European films of the mid-'20s. In the film's original version, the moral ambiguities are distinct and the supporting characters have consistently defined reasons for their actions. Even in the several altered U.S. release versions, the performance of Emil Jannings remains strong, as does the film's visual effectiveness. As in many German films of this era, the bleak, downbeat story mirrors the pessimistic views common in Weimar Germany. Dupont had much less success outside Germany, eventually descending into B-movies and lower budget independent efforts. At various points in his career, he tried working as a film critic and as a talent agent. Sadly, by the time he directed The Neanderthal Man in 1953, there was little evidence left onscreen of the artistic vision that he had shown in Variété.