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Summary

Federico 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 window. Though comical and referred to as a "docu-comedy," THE CLOWNS explores deeper human conditions that resonate through the various performers (who vary from a local sex-crazed hobo, a midget nun and a mutilated Mussolini disciple). The film diverges from its narrative and dreamy state to a more documentary like approach as Fellini searches out these jesters of his youth in Paris to see what has become of them ending with a funeral for one of the clowns. The carnival sounding score composed by Nino Rota and a cameo appearance by Anita Ekberg, the star of his 1960s masterpiece, LA DOLCE VITA, enhances the Fellini-esque experience.

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