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The Clowns (1970)

I clowns (original title)
A ragout of real memories and mockumentary, as Fellini explores a childhood obsession: circus clowns.

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Federico Fellini
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Riccardo Billi Riccardo Billi ... Himself - Italian Clown (as Billi)
Federico Fellini ... Himself
Gigi Reder Gigi Reder ... Himself - Italian Clown (as Reder)
Tino Scotti Tino Scotti ... Himself - Italian Clown (as Scotti)
Valentini Valentini ... Himself - Italian Clown
Fanfulla ... Himself - Italian Clown
Merli Merli ... Himself - Italian Clown
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo ... Himself - Italian Clown (as Rizzo)
Alberto Colombaioni Alberto Colombaioni ... Themselves - Italian Clowns (as I 4 Colombaioni)
Pistoni Pistoni ... Himself - Italian Clown
Martana Martana ... Themselves - Italian Clowns (as I Martana)
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Himself - Italian Clown (as Furia)
Alvaro Vitali ... Himself (as The Troupe)
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Himself - Italian Clown (as Maggio)
Galliano Sbarra Galliano Sbarra ... Himself - Italian Clown (as Sbarra)
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Storyline

Fellini exposes his great attraction for the clowns and the world of the circus first recalling a childhood experience when the circus arrives nearby his home. Then he joins his crew and travel from Italy to Paris chasing the last greatest European clowns still live in these countries. He also meets Anita Ekberg trying to buy a panther in a circus. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

25 December 1970 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sabaudia, Latina, Lazio, Italy See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Colourful, nostalgic and poetic- a largely successful Fellini
1 August 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a great admirer of Federico Fellini, I was really taken with I Clowns. It is not one of Fellini's finest like La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Amarcord, Nights in Cabiria and La Strada, but has much to recommend it. I did feel at times that some of the dialogue collided into another bit of dialogue a little too much. And while certainly not amateurish at any rate I can think of other Fellini films better in this good, again not bad, actually it is skilled but with a somewhat grainy quality and lacking the dream-like feel of for instance 8 1/2. Faults aside, the costumes are stunning showing a lot of detail, while the settings are just as colourful. Nino Rota's scoring, which is largely made up of parts of his other works, is bright and cheerful, yet doesn't in any way undermine the melancholic ending. The structure of the story is much more focused than Satyricon, and while I did enjoy the documentary-like approach of some scenes, it was the personal and nostalgic charm that is part of Fellini's style all over that made I Clowns so intriguing. The clowns are interesting with more than them that meets the eye, they are not as easy to identify with as some of Fellini's other work but they are hardly detached either. The acting is engaging at feels at least naturalistic. All in all, largely successful and well done if not among Fellini's finest work. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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