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The Clowns

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Federico Fellini reveals his fascination with clowns and the circus world by describing a boyhood encounter when the circus came to his house.

The film was filmed for the Italian television station RAI with the arrangement that it would also be broadcast in theaters at the same time. RAI and co-producer Leone Film made a compromise on its distribution, with RAI transmitting it on Christmas Day, 1970, and Leone Film releasing it theatrically the next day, December 26, 1970.

It’s a documentary that’s part fact and part dream. The film has been described as the first mockumentary in film history. The Clowns differentiates itself as a mockumentary with distinct qualities, not the least of which is reflecting Fellini’s own growing curiosity about how documentary films mirror “reality.” Fellini would return to this semi-fictional documentary type in Fellini: A Director’s Notebook in 1969 and Intervista in 1987, both of which incorporate untrustworthy representations of Fellini himself producing the film within the film narrative. [wikipedia]

The Clowns by Federico Fellini Movie Trailer


Images from the movie The Clowns by Federico Fellini

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