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24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (1946)

24 heures de la vie d'un clown (original title)
A day in the life of Beby the clown. Filmed between shows at Circus Medrano, at home and in the streets of Paris, with his faithful partner and friend the clown Maïss.

Director:

Jean-Pierre Melville (as J.P. Melville)
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Louis Maïss Louis Maïss ... Clown (as Maïss)
Beby Beby ... Clown
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A day in the life of Beby the clown. Filmed between shows at Circus Medrano, at home and in the streets of Paris, with his faithful partner and friend the clown Maïss.

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Documentary | Short

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Filmed in the Paris's Montmartre and Pigalle district, in particular:
  • The bathhouse and a sidewalk cafe in the Rue Lepic (18th).
  • The Rue des Martyrs, near the Boulevard Rochechouart (9th), location of the Medrano Circus.
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I only watched this because I adore Melville
18 November 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While not nearly as famous as Godard and Truffaut, my favorite French director is Jean-Pierre Melville...the man who made many great thrillers including "Bob le Flambeur", "Le Samouraï" and "Army of Shadows". This is THE reason I decided to watch "24 Heures de la Vie d'un Clown", as I otherwise have no interest in clowns....none.

The film was the first by Melville....and I guess you need to start somewhere. This is a documentary about the life of Beby the Clown and his friend, Maïss. As you'd expect with t film like this, the film was cheaply made--in black & white and with narration instead of dialog and it's a short. Much of it consists of Beby (without makeup) looking through books and old photos.

So is it any good? Technically, it's okay but unless you are a huge Melville fan, you could probably skip it. It's not terrible...but more a chance for Melville to try his hand at filmmaking.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1946 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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