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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