THE CLOWNS

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THE CLOWNS

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Federico Fellini

1970  92 minutes  1.33:1  Italy

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Fellini’s fascination with the circus and the surreal come to a head in one of his final masterpieces, The Clowns. The film reflects Fellini’s childhood obsession with clowns and begins with a young boy watching a circus set up from his bedroom window.

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Synopsis

Fellini’s fascination with the circus and the surreal come to a head in one of his final masterpieces, The Clowns. The film reflects Fellini’s childhood obsession with clowns and begins with a young boy watching a circus set up from his bedroom window. Though comical and referred to as a “docu-comedy”, this film explores deeper human conditions such as authority, poverty, humility and arrogance all of which manifest themselves through the characters of the clowns who vary from the local sex-crazed hobo, a midget nun, to a mutilated Mussolini disciple. The film then diverges from its narrative and dreamy state to a more documentary like approach as Fellini searches out these jesters of his youth in Paris to see what has become of them. Ending with an operatic type funeral for one of Italy’s most celebrated clowns, one feels immersed in the Fellini-esque nature of the burlesque, and the surreal. An excellent score composed by Nino Rota enhances the film’s denouement keeping the viewer at the edge of their seat as if waiting for the jack in the box to pop. Featuring Anita Ekberg, the star of his 1960’s masterpiece, La Dolce Vita and the director himself.

Reviews

Highly Recommended. Well, you’re not likely to find a more passionate movie about clowns, and honestly, who better to cover this particular field than Federico Fellini. I Clowns is the Italian director’s 1970 prankster pseudo-documentary about the art of clowning. Mixing memory, performance, and fact-finding, the filmmaker works his way through Europe talking to famous figures from circuses past and questioning the nature of modern laughter. It’s fun, intriguing filmmaking, and new studio Raro Video comes out of the gate swinging with a fantastic package. Film fans, start paying attention to these guys now, and start giving them your support by buying the excellent I Clowns.
— DVD Talk
This was shot for Italian TV by Fellini and it was done with so much love that it defies the box it was made for with today. Truly a wonderful film.
— Ain't it cool

Cast and Credits

Director
Federico Fellini

Writers
Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi

Producer
Moris Ergas

Cast
Riccardo BilliAnita EkbergTino ScottiPierre EtaixAnne and Victor FratelliniFrederico Fellini

Cinematography
Dario Di Palma

Editing
Ruggero Mastroianni

Music
Nino Rota

Special Features
 

Un Agenzia Matrimoniale, a short film by Federico Fellini. 1953, Italy, 16 minutes, 35 mm, b/w, Italian language with English subtitles. Episode of L’Amore in Citta’/Love in the City.

Fellini’s Circus, a visual Film essay by Adriano Aprà. Fellini Expert and film Historian, Adriano Aprà examines the director’s lifetime fascination with the circus while also comparing its stylistic features to other Fellini films. Italian language with English subtitles.

A 50 page fully illustrated booklet on Fellini’s own reflections and notes concerning the genesis and production of the film. Also included are exclusive original drawings by the director himself.

Digitally Restored and Remastered.

New and Improved English subtitle translation.

Production: Italy – 1970
Running time: 92 minutes, color
Language: Italian and French
Subtitles: Optional English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0 Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

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