The Clowns

The Clowns

Riccardo Billi
Director: Federico Fellini Cast: Riccardo Billi
Riccardo Billi
, Fanfulla
Federico Fellini




The culmination of filmmaker Federico Fellini's lifelong love affair with circus folk was his 1971 The Clowns (I clowns). Fellini's alter ego this time is a young boy, taking in his first circus (again, we're treated to the "parade" motif so often utilized by the director). As the clowns go through their rollicking routines, Fellini takes the time to snipe at movie critics by having one humorless newspaperman, who keeps repeating "What does it mean?," inundated with pails of water. There is also a fleeting homage to Charlie Chaplin in the form of Chaplin's daughter Victoria, who portrays an auditioning clown. Made for Italian TV, The Clowns sustains its exuberance by taking absolutely nothing seriously--not even Fellini, who makes fun of himself throughout in the guise of a pretentious documentary filmmaker.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2011
UPC: 0816018010012
Original Release: 1970
Source: Raro Video Usa Ltd.
Time: 1:32:00

Special Features

Un Agenzia Matrimoniale, a Short Movie by Federico Fellini 1953, Italy; ; Fellini's Circus, a visual film essay by Adriano Aprà; Fellni Expert and film Historian, Adriano Aprà examines the Director's lifetime fascination with the circus while also comparing it's stylistic features to other Fellini films; ; A 50-Page booklet on Fellini's own reflections and Notes concerning the genesis and production of the film. Also included are exclusive original drawings by the Director himself

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Riccardo Billi Actor
Fanfulla Actor
Mayo Morin Actor
Lima Alberti Actor
Alvaro Vitali Actor
Pierre Etaix Actor
Annie Fratellini Actor
Liana Orfei Actor
Nando Orfei Actor
Anita Ekberg Actor
Victoria Chaplin Actor
Tino Scotti Actor
Victor Fratellini Actor
Federico Fellini Actor
Geraldine Chaplin Actor

Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer
Ugo Guerra Producer
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Dario Di Palma Cinematographer
Nino Rota Score Composer
Elio Scardamaglia Producer
Bernardino Zapponi Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Clowns
1. The Circus Is Here [3:38]
2. The Greatest Show On Earth [7:06]
3. The Clowns [4:08]
4. Characters [6:06]
5. Giudizio [4:12]
6. Can The Circus Still Entertain? [1:05]
7. The Circus Of Liana, Rinaldo And Nandino Orfei [4:50]
8. Augusto [3:59]
9. White Clowns [7:11]
10. Cirque D'Hiver [2:39]
11. Captain Houcke [1:47]
12. Charlie Rivel [4:09]
13. The Fratelinis [4:53]
14. Loriot [3:57]
15. Bario [5:05]
16. Rhum [2:38]
17. Sad Clowns [8:09]
18. Death Of Augusto [11:01]
19. Exit [5:22]

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