“The Day The Clown Cried”

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“The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by ed » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:45 pm

I hate Jerry.

But even Jerry should have known better.
Here is the story of this legendary, never seen film: Jerry Lewis starred and directed this 1972 lost film, which is all about a circus clown who is imprisoned in a Nazi camp. He entertains the children who are there, and in the rumored finale, finally leads them in full clown makeup into the gas chambers.
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[Jerry showing that even the Holocaust cannot be proof agaisnt his comedic genius]
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An artist's rendition of the climactic scene
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:02 pm

People got tired of the pretending to have cerebral palsy routine.
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by ed » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:19 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:People got tired of the pretending to have cerebral palsy routine.
Tell that to Trump

[you walked right into that one]
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Witness » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:54 pm

Apart from J., this is a whole sub-genre in the art-o-sphere: if my art is well-meaning, generous, against the bad guys, it can't be bad itself, umkay?

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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by shemp » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:35 am

One can only hope it continues to remain unseen.
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Doctor X » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:41 am

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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:03 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Clown_Cried
Despite claims the film will never be screened, Lewis reportedly donated a copy of the film to the Library of Congress in 2015, under the stipulation that it wouldn't be screened before June 2024.
Will we get to see it in a bit less than 7 years?
Although never seen publicly, the film became a source of legend almost immediately after its production. In May 1992, an article in Spy magazine quotes comedian and actor Harry Shearer, who saw a rough cut of the film in 1979:

With most of these kinds of things, you find that the anticipation, or the concept, is better than the thing itself. But seeing this film was really awe-inspiring, in that you are rarely in the presence of a perfect object. This was a perfect object. This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is. "Oh, My God!"—that's all you can say.
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:52 am

And when will it be on Netflix? :BigGrin3:
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:18 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:And when will it be on Netflix? :BigGrin3:
You may have to travel to Virginia if you really want to see it.

Maybe doable for Rob?
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On August 5, 2015 the Los Angeles Times reported that Lewis had donated a copy of the film to the Library of Congress,[26] under the stipulation that it not be screened before June 2024.[27] The Library of Congress intends to eventually screen it at their Audio Visual Conservation campus in Culpeper, Virginia. Rob Stone, curator of the Library of Congress, has stated that they will not be able loan the film to other theaters or museums without permission from Lewis' estate. Stone has also stated that they do not have any intent to release the film in any form of home media.[28]
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:21 am

The Library of Congress does have a website that includes links to some public domain movies.

Or is that the National Archives?

No director's cut DVD forthcoming, I'm afraid.
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Pyrrho » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:29 am

So a guy who cut several of his children out of his will cared about his legacy.
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by sparks » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:55 am

Tom Cruise and his Thetans will do a remake soon.
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Re: “The Day The Clown Cried”

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:59 am

Pyrrho wrote:So a guy who cut several of his children out of his will cared about his legacy.
They dissed his pretending-to-be-a-spastic routine.
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