REVIEW: I CLOWNS
OVERVIEW: RaroVideo US's restored version of Fellini's The Clowns, one of the director's final masterpieces will arrive on DVD for the first time ever in the US on February 22. The DVD extras contain a rare and exclusive short film by Fellini, a video essay on the genesis of the film and a 40 page booklet with exclusive Fellini drawings. Hard-to-find, this 1970 film melds memoir and documentary into a circus of fiction and reality where Fellini delights in the role of ringmaster. The carnival-sounding score composed by Nino Rota, and an appearance by Anita Ekberg (star of Fellini's 1960's masterpiece La Dolce Vita), enhances the Fellini-esque experience.
SYNOPSIS: Fellini's fascination with the circus and the surreal come to a head in one of his final masterpieces, The Clowns. The film reflects Fellini's childhood obsession with clowns and begins with a young boy watching a circus set up from his bedroom ... Full Descriptionwindow. Though comical and referred to as a “docu-comedy”, this film explores deeper human conditions such as authority, poverty, humility and arrogance, all of which manifest themselves through the characters of the clowns who vary from the local sex-crazed hobo, a midget nun, to a mutilated Mussolini disciple. Featuring Anita Ekberg, the star of his 1960's masterpiece, La Dolce Vita and the director himself.
2.0 Italian and French
digitally restored version, new and improved English
Un Agenzia Matrimoniale, a short movie by Federico Fellini. 1953, Italia, 16 minutes, 35 mm, b/w, Italian original audio with English subtitles.
Fellini’s Circus, a visual Film essay by Adriano Aprà. Fellini 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. Italian original audio with English subtitles.
A fifty page fully illustrated 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.
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