Featured Release – The Clowns

The Clowns directed by Federico Fellini

Every Friday, Fandor’s curators serve up a newly available film worthy of special attention. This week’s Featured Release is the documentary The Clowns directed by Federico Fellini.

“…it would be impossible to dislike a film so full of good spirits, so full of love, a show that on occasion virtually erupts with brilliance.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Film 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 that resonate through the various clowns who vary from a local sex-crazed hobo, a midget nun, to a mutilated Mussolini disciple. The film 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 a funeral for one of the clowns. The carnival sounding score composed by Nino Rota and a cameo appearance by Anita Ekberg, the star of his 1960s masterpiece, La Dolce Vita, enhances the Fellini-esque experience.”

Ready to clown around? Click here to watch Fellini’s timeless love letter to the circus, The Clowns, on Fandor.

For more on this magical film, and Fellini’s lifelong love of clowns, visit Keyframe:
Send in the Clowns (January 10, 2014)

The Clowns directed by Federico Fellini

Additional Viewing:

Boccaccio ’70 (1962) directed by Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli, Vittorio De Sica and Luchino Visconti

Boccaccio '70 directed by Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli, Vittorio De Sica, and Luchino Visconti

Clown, Dog and Balloon (1905) directed by Alice Guy

Clown, Dog and Balloon directed by Alice Guy

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