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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.

Director:

Federico Fellini
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Riccardo Billi Riccardo Billi ... Self - Italian Clown (as Billi)
Federico Fellini ... Self
Gigi Reder Gigi Reder ... Self - Italian Clown (as Reder)
Tino Scotti Tino Scotti ... Self - Italian Clown (as Scotti)
Valentini Valentini ... Self - Italian Clown
Fanfulla ... Self - Italian Clown
Merli Merli ... Self - Italian Clown
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo ... Self - Italian Clown (as Rizzo)
Alberto Colombaioni Alberto Colombaioni ... Themselves - Italian Clowns (as I 4 Colombaioni)
Pistoni Pistoni ... Self - Italian Clown
Martana Martana ... Themselves - Italian Clowns (as I Martana)
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Self - Italian Clown (as Furia)
Alvaro Vitali ... Self (as The Troupe)
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Self - Italian Clown (as Maggio)
Galliano Sbarra Galliano Sbarra ... Self - Italian Clown (as Sbarra)
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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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Superior work of a great director.
22 June 2001 | by Mr_MirageSee all my reviews

This little film tends to stand quietly in the shadows of the great director's other works. It cannot compare to 8 1/2, or La Dolce Vita, but it carries a remarkable quality to it that isn't quite like his other films.

Fellini's circus theme is used here to a remarkable effect. There is a sadness that creeps in and around the film, like a cat watching a canary. It is unlike his other works, not as daring or bold, but worth some consideration.


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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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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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