The Day the Clown Cried (1972)

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A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths.

Director:

Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis (screenplay), Joan O'Brien (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Helmut Doork
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Ahlm Peter Ahlm ... 1st New Prisoner
Lars Amble ... Guard
Harriet Andersson ... Ada Doork
Jonas Bergström ... Franz
Carl Billquist ... Gestapo Officer #2
Claude Bolling ... Circus Band Conductor
Tomas Bolme ... Adolf
Curt Broberg Curt Broberg ... Galt
Bo Brundin ... Ludwig
Johnny Cacao Johnny Cacao
Anton Diffring ... Captain Curt Runkel
Nils Eklund ... Bartender
Victor Fratellini Victor Fratellini
Serge Gainsbourg
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Helmut Doork, a once great and famous clown, is fired from the circus. Getting drunk at a local bar, he pokes fun at Hitler in front of some Gestapo agents, who arrest and send him to a prison camp. Helmut angers his fellow prisoners by refusing to perform for them, wanting to preserve his legend. As times passes, Jews are brought into the camp, with fraternizing between them and the other prisoners strictly prohibited. Eventually, Helmut is forced by the others to perform or be beaten. His act bombs and he leaves the barracks depressed, trying the routine out again alone in the prison yard. He hears laughter and sees a group of Jewish children watching him through a fence. Happy to be appreciated again, he makes a makeshift clown suit and begins to regularly perform. His audience grows, but a new prison Commandant orders Helmut to stop. When he refuses and continues to perform, he's beaten and thrown in solitary confinement. But the Nazis soon come up with a use for Helmut, keeping ... Written by Jonathan D. H. Parshall <parshall@citcom.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

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Mono

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Color

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2.20 : 1
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The concentration camp scenes were filmed at a Swedish military compound. See more »

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Referenced in DVD-R Hell: The Day the Clown Cried (2014) See more »

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Needs to be released
24 April 2011 | by avenuesfSee all my reviews

I've been reading about this "notorious" film for many years now, and just listened to a podcast from projection-booth.com in which the reviewers were able to see a poor copy of the film and they raved about it. I doubt that Mr. Lewis reads comments on IMDb (but it's possible)and it sounds from interviews I've read that the film is a sore spot with him. From what I've heard from the podcast (and I read the script circulating around the internet, which apparently is very different from the film), the adaptation was far ahead of its time and I and many others would love to see it. Why isn't there some sort of campaign to get this film to the public? Even one showing at a film festival somewhere could possibly generate enough publicity for it to find a distributor who might be able to help straighten out the financial problems associated with it. If you're reading this, Mr. Lewis, please make this film available to be seen!


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