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Adieu Filippi (1967)

Who ever said that the 'sad clown' figure was a stereotype ? Assuredly, those who say so have never met Filippi, a clown who gets millions of laughs under the big top but whose heart has ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Wies Andersen ...
Johan Kaart ...
Helene van Herck ...
Sylvia Bakker ...
Arlette / Micheline
Robbe De Hert ...
Jan Reussens ...
Robert Marcel ...
Benny Scheffer ...
Alberto Althoff Jr. ...
Andrea Darmont ...


Who ever said that the 'sad clown' figure was a stereotype ? Assuredly, those who say so have never met Filippi, a clown who gets millions of laughs under the big top but whose heart has been bleeding ever since.... But first listen to his story, ladies and gentlemen...: There was a time when Filippi was passionately in love with Arlette, the beautiful trapeze artist of the circus. Unfortunately for him, Arlette did not share his feelings. The one she was smitten with actually was Mario, her handsome partner on the trapeze. What to do if not to get rid of his rival ? After hesitating for a while, Filippi finally decided to make it happen: he sabotaged the trapeze. But, alas! it is Arlette who fell instead of Mario. Now, not only does Filippi mourn his love forever lost but remorse for what he did is killing him slowly. Well if the 'sad clown' stereotype does exist,, ladies and gentlemen, then Filippi is... a living stereotype. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Due to the many distribution problems surrounding his experimental "The Obolus", film-maker Rik Kuypers opted for a more commercially attractive venture. "Adieu Filippi" (the second Belgo-Dutch co-production after "The Enemies" was never completed as a result of financial and production problems. It is a psychological drama, based on a novel of the same name by the Flemish writer Blanka Gijselen. The love story is set in a circus and conceived as the flashback of a remorseful clown who is looking back over his life. Filippi (played by Wies Andersen) has never been able to accept the death of trapeze artist Arlette (played by dancer Sylvia Bakker). Shad been more interested in her partner Mario (Robbe de Hert) and an attempt by Filippi to get Mario out of the way resulted in Arlette's death. Kuypers would have liked to have made "Adieu Filippi" in colour, but was unable to do so due to the film's tight budget (assisted by a BF 2,485,000 subsidy). The main sequences were filmed during live circus performances, with Kuypers and his team accompanying the circus of Toni Boltini (the film's co-producer) through Belgium and the Netherlands for an entire month. Engineer and Audicon Films producer Tony Hermans, a former chairman of the now-defunct high council for Flemish film culture,later lost all confidence in the gentle, poetically inspired film. Kuypers was forced to shorten "Adieu Filippi" to 60 minutes, the musical score was never recorded and the soundtrack was never properly mixed. Luc Joris, in "Belgian Cinema" (1999), Marianne Thys editor. See more »

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