The Clowns

  • Dir: Federico Fellini

  • Italy, 1970, 92 minmins

  • Cast: Riccardo Billi, Federico Fellini, Gigi Reder

A lifelong enthrallment with the circus, Fellini pays his tribute to the clowns in this memorably touching documentary, at once a celebration of the dying art, and a memorial of his childhood enchantment. Recreating his first experience of the circus, the filmmaker takes his camera into the heart of their elusive magic, and the homes of the once-famous clowns now long forgotten. Along with a slapstick funeral staged in a circus ring, the trumpet music resonating among empty seats is their requiem and their return to life, commemorating an affecting reconciliation.

Venice Film Festival: Pasinetti Award for Best Italian Film

Federico Fellini 100 is part of the Federico Fellini 100 Tour, a series of centennial tributes to Federico Fellini (1920–1993), which will travel to major museums and film institutions worldwide, coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni from Luce Cinecittà. All films (unless noted) have been digitally restored by Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cine teca Nazionale.



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