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The Clowns

  • Comedy
  • Documentary and factual
  • 1970
  • Federico Fellini
  • 91 mins
  • U

Summary

A ragout of real memories and mockumentary, as Fellini explores a childhood obsession: circus clowns.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Italy's great ringmaster of the cinema returns to the source of his inspiration - the circus - and skilfully absorbs it into his own personal vision, as he and an amusingly gauche film crew investigate the art of the big top clown. Remembering the Rimini of his childhood when the circus came to town, Fellini has stated: "My films owe an enormous amount to the circus. For me the clowns were always a traumatic visual experience, ambassadors of a vocation of a showman." Here, the maestro not only reveals their comedic craft by watching and talking to active, as well as former, exponents of the profession. He also sends up the documentary-making process itself, years before Spinal Tap set the trend.

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Credits

Cast

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ClownRiccardo Billi
ClownTino Scotti
ClownFanfulla
ClownCarlo Rizzo
ClownFreddo Pistoni
ClownPère Loriot
ClownLudo
ClownMais

Crew

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DirectorFederico Fellini

Details

Languages
German | Italian | French
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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