The Clowns

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One of the Fellini films which has been out of circulation for many years, I clowns [The Clowns] has long been revered by Fellini enthusiasts for the last several decades since its release as among the Maestro’s finest works — a thrilling spectacle... read more

One of the Fellini films which has been out of circulation for many years, I clowns [The Clowns] has long been revered by Fellini enthusiasts for the last several decades since its release as among the Maestro’s finest works — a thrilling spectacle once seen for the first time, and a picture which after multiple viewings easily takes its place alongside such classics as La strada, Le notti di Cabiria, La dolce vita, Satyricon, Amarcord… but in a register all its own.I clowns plays out in dazzling colour and in episodic cascade, just as in Fellini’s late-60s-and-beyond films. As the circus rolls into town, and the big-tent is erected, the clowns execute their acts with feverish can-you-believe-it bravado. It’s all true — and yet not a “documentary” per se; rather, something inbetween a dramatic-comedic portrayal of gags-at-play and the memoria of all that makes the spark for childhood inspiration to ignite into creative virtuosity… and/or into something like Federico Fellini. One of the great and underacknowledged treasures of the cinema, I clowns takes its place alongside such films as Bergman’s Carnies’ Twilight, Ophuls’ Lola Montès, Étaix’s Yoyo, and Tati’s Parade as one of the grand portraits of the clowning circus, of a bygone era of the wandering entertainer. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Federico Fellini’s I clowns in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition for the first time in the UK.

Original Release

08/30/1970

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Cast

Directors

Federico Fellini

Writers

Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi

Cast

Federico Fellini Himself
Anita Ekberg Herself
Annie Fratellini Herself
Charlie Rivel Himself
Alvaro Vitali Himself (as The Troupe)
Pierre Étaix Himself
Geraldine Chaplin Herself
Liana Orfei Herself
Giacomo Furia Himself - Italian Clown (as Furia)
Maria Grazia Buccella
Victoria Chaplin
Riccardo Billi Himself - Italian Clown (as Billi)
Alberto Sorrentino Himself - Italian Clown (as Sorrentino)
Dante Maggio Himself - Italian Clown (as Maggio)
Gigi Reder Himself - Italian Clown (as Reder)
Nino Vingelli Himself - Italian Clown (as Vingelli)
Anna Lina Alberti Herself - Alvaro's mother (La troupe) (as Lina Alberti)
Nando Orfei Himself
Nino Terzo Himself - Italian Clown (as Terzo)
Tino Scotti Himself - Italian Clown (as Scotti)

Producers

Editors

Ruggero Mastroianni

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