Fellini's documentary celebration of the dying art of the clown is his best film in years. As overtly personal as his autobiographical Roma, it has little of the self-indulgence of that film, mainly because of Fellini's relentless pursuit of his elusive subject. Made for the RAI TV company, it includes much interview material with once-famous clowns now long forgotten; reconstructions of scenes from Fellini's own childhood, attempting to explain his obsessive fascination with the circus; and a final tribute to the clowns themselves, a slapstick funeral staged in a circus ring. The final image in this funeral sequence, with pathetic trumpet music across an empty ring, is memorably touching.
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Bernardino Zapponi, Federico Fellini|