Jusby's Clown College

These selections are appropriate for the adult students of clowning.
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1.
Chaplin (1992)
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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin. (143 mins.)
 
2.
The Circus (1928)
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The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus. (71 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
3.
Shakes the Clown (1991)
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Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk... (87 mins.)
 
4.
Rize (2005 Documentary)
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Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture. (86 mins.)
 
5.
The Clown (2011)
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Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way. (88 mins.)
Director: Selton Mello
 
6.
Patch Adams (1998)
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The true story of a heroic man, Hunter Patch Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos. (115 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
7.
Water for Elephants (2011)
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Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife. (120 mins.)
 
8.
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
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The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies. (122 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
9.
Laughology (2009 Documentary)
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An investigation into the science of laughter as a filmmaker searches to rediscover his own laugh. (65 mins.)
 
10.
The Laughing Club of India (2001 Documentary)
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Portrait of the first laughing club in India, its founding by a doctor who believes that laughter is the best medicine... (28 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
11.
Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
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A Debt-ridden circus is saved by an well-meaning but inept publicity man Pop Wonder. (123 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
12.
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
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The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle. (152 mins.)
 
13.
Here Comes the Clown (2005 Video)
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(32 mins.)
Director: Glen Micheletti
 
14.
The Court Jester (1955)
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A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king. (101 mins.)
 
15.
The Big Comfy Couch (1992 TV Series)
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Loonette the clown and her dolly Molly solve everyday problems while residing in the comfort of a large couch.
 
16.
The First of May (1999)
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Eleven-year-old Cory (Dan Byrd) is a foster child nobody wants. Carlotta (Academy Award-nominee Julie Harris) is an elderly woman the world has forgotten. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Sirmons
 
17.
Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie (2009 Documentary)
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Wavy Gravy is known as the MC of the Woodstock festival, a hippie icon, activist, clown, and even a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor... (87 mins.)
Director: Michelle Esrick
 
18.
The Mask (1994)
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Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask. (101 mins.)
Director: Charles Russell
 
19.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
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Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
20.
The Clowns (1970 Documentary)
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A ragout of real memories and mockumentary, as Fellini explores a childhood obsession: circus clowns. (92 mins.)
 
21.
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
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A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals. (73 mins.)
Director: Herbert Brenon
 
22.
Quick Change (1990)
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Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible. (89 mins.)
 
23.
The Regard of Flight (1983 TV Movie)
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A performer/artist with a bag of vaudeville tricks and the help of his trusty piano player must prove...
Director: Gary Halvorson
 
24.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. (107 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
25.
The Old Fashioned Way (1934)
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The Great McGonigle and his troupe of third-rate vaudevillians manage to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the sheriff. (71 mins.)
 
26.
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus... (93 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
27.
Hardly Working (1980)
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In Jerry Lewis's first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can't seem to hold down a job... (91 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
28.
Big Money Hustlas (2000 Video)
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It's New York City, and the crime lord Big Baby Sweets has got NYC around his finger. The NYPD is helpless so the Chief sends out for Sugar Bear... (97 mins.)
Director: John Cafiero
 
29.
Adam Resurrected (2008)
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In the aftermath of WWII, a former circus entertainer who was spared from the gas chamber becomes the ringleader at an asylum for Holocaust survivors. (106 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
30.
3 Ring Circus (1954)
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Jerry and Pete are two friends with no money, looking for some job. They finally find one as workers in a circus, but Jerry has different dreams. He wants to become a clown. (103 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
31.
What a Way to Go! (1964)
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A four-time widow discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich. (111 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
32.
The Pirate (1948)
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A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco... (102 mins.)
 
33.
Her Alibi (1989)
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A writer of BAD detective novels is in full writers' block. He pretends to be the alibi of a beautiful... (94 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
34.
Funny Bones (1995)
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An unsuccessful comedian uncovers a family secret and learns the true price of letting inherent talent shine. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
 
35.
Cowboy Up (2001)
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Two brothers, One is a bull rider, the other a rodeo bullfighter/stock contractor, clash over the love of barrel racer Celia Jones, while each comes into their own in their respective field in the rodeo world. (105 mins.)
Director: Xavier Koller
 
36.
Short Cuts (1993)
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The day-to-day lives of a number of suburban Los Angeles residents. (187 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
37.
Reaper (2007 TV Series)
Episode: My Brother's Reaper (2009)
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In an unusual move, the Devil tasks Sam into getting a spoiled and obnoxious rich guy named Gary to sign a contract selling his soul to Satan... (45 mins.)
 
38.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
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A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Johnson
 
39.
Invitation to the Dance (1956)
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This is a movie where three entirely different stories are told though dancing. Words are not used and the style of dancing is different for each part... (93 mins.)
Director: Gene Kelly
 
40.
Young Playthings (1972)
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Gunilla and her friend Nora move in together.They are planning a threesome with Nora's boyfriend. Downstairs lives Britt.She is renovating antique toys. (105 mins.)
Director: Joe Sarno
 
41.
Charlie's Angels (1976 TV Series)
Episode: Angels on Ice (1977)
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Personnel keep disappearing from Max Brown's ice show, so he hires Charlie and the angels to investigate. Kelly and Kris fill in for the missing skaters and find that the kidnappings are linked to political unrest in an Arab nation. (60 mins.)
 
42.
The Devil's Carnival (2012)
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Lost souls enter The Devil's Carnival where they are each faced with the sins they committed in life. (56 mins.)