History Film / TheDayTheClownCried

10th Feb '16 6:26:18 PM BadSplice
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In 1972, Creator/JerryLewis directed a film about a Holocaust-era German clown entertaining Jewish children in a concentration camp.

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In 1972, Creator/JerryLewis directed a film about a Holocaust-era German clown entertaining Jewish children in a concentration camp.
Auschwitz.
10th Feb '16 6:22:51 PM BadSplice
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[[caption-width-right:350:Jerry Lewis as a clown! What a great idea for a movie--it's set WHERE?!!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Jerry Lewis as a clown! What a great idea for a movie--it's mov--it's set WHERE?!!]]''WHERE''?!!]]
24th Dec '15 5:08:21 PM Shoebox
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The script was co-written by Joan O'Brien and Charles Denton with Lewis overseeing the final treatment. It was to star Lewis himself, although he was very reluctant to take the project initially. He ended up heading the project in order to pave the way for a career as [[TomHanksSyndrome a serious actor and director.]] While the subject matter obviously raised more than a few eyebrows, the production was marred by other factors contributing to its TroubledProduction. Equipment was lost, production ran out of money, and the option to make the film had since expired (the script had been floating around Hollywood for ten years). Lewis opted to pay for the film himself but the producer and script writers could not come to an agreement, so he attempted to leave production. The producer, Nat Waschberger, threatened to sue Lewis for breach of contract. Enough of the film had been completed by this point that it was edited together despite the legal issues. However, Lewis took the only tape and locked it away, never to be seen outside of a few private screenings.

The story involved Helmut Doork (Lewis), a circus clown in Nazi Germany who once had a stunning career throughout Europe. Now down on his luck, he finds himself on the verge of a forced retirement. One night, in a drunken stupor, he rants against Germany and even mocks Hitler. This lands him in prison where his troubles get worse.

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The script was co-written by Joan O'Brien and Charles Denton with Lewis overseeing the final treatment. It was to star Lewis himself, although he was very reluctant to take the project initially. He ended up heading the project in order to pave the way for a career as [[TomHanksSyndrome a serious actor and director.]] ]]

While the subject matter obviously raised more than a few eyebrows, the production was marred by other factors contributing to its TroubledProduction. Equipment was lost, the production ran out of money, and the option to make the film had since expired (the script had been floating around Hollywood for ten years). Lewis opted to pay for the film himself but the producer and script writers could not come to an agreement, so he attempted to leave production.the production entirely. The producer, Nat Waschberger, threatened to sue Lewis for breach of contract. Enough of the film had been completed by this point that it was edited together despite the legal issues. However, Lewis took the only tape and locked it away, never to be seen outside of a few private screenings.

The story involved involves Helmut Doork (Lewis), a circus clown in Nazi Germany who once had a stunning career throughout Europe. Now down on his luck, he finds himself on the verge of a forced retirement. One night, in a drunken stupor, he rants against Germany and even mocks Hitler. This lands him in prison where his troubles get worse.
24th Dec '15 4:37:08 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Compare the movie's concept to the premise of ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'', which is a comedy about the Holocaust that similarly takes the actual massacre seriously.

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Compare the movie's concept to the premise of ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'', which is a comedy about the Holocaust that similarly takes the actual massacre seriously. Compare and contrast the [[CreatorBacklash movie's]] [[MissingEpisode history]] to that of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' (the big difference being that ''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' actually aired on TV once and can easily be found online).
10th Dec '15 5:43:27 PM BobSaget9
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15th Nov '15 4:05:42 AM maxwellsilver
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The script was co-written by Joan O'Brien and Charles Denton with Lewis overseeing the final treatment. It was to star Lewis himself, although he was very reluctant to take the project initially. He ended up heading the project in order to pave the way for a career as [[TomHanksSyndrome a serious actor and director.]] While the subject matter obviously raised more than a few eyebrows, the production was marred by other factors contributing to its DevelopmentHell. Equipment was lost, production ran out of money, and the option to make the film had since expired (the script had been floating around Hollywood for ten years). Lewis opted to pay for the film himself but the producer and script writers could not come to an agreement, so he attempted to leave production. The producer, Nat Waschberger, threatened to sue Lewis for breach of contract. Enough of the film had been completed by this point that it was edited together despite the legal issues. However, Lewis took the only tape and locked it away, never to be seen outside of a few private screenings.

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The script was co-written by Joan O'Brien and Charles Denton with Lewis overseeing the final treatment. It was to star Lewis himself, although he was very reluctant to take the project initially. He ended up heading the project in order to pave the way for a career as [[TomHanksSyndrome a serious actor and director.]] While the subject matter obviously raised more than a few eyebrows, the production was marred by other factors contributing to its DevelopmentHell.TroubledProduction. Equipment was lost, production ran out of money, and the option to make the film had since expired (the script had been floating around Hollywood for ten years). Lewis opted to pay for the film himself but the producer and script writers could not come to an agreement, so he attempted to leave production. The producer, Nat Waschberger, threatened to sue Lewis for breach of contract. Enough of the film had been completed by this point that it was edited together despite the legal issues. However, Lewis took the only tape and locked it away, never to be seen outside of a few private screenings.
20th Sep '15 10:04:53 PM KingClark
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Compare the movie's concept to the premise of ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'', which is a comedy about the Holocaust that similarly takes the actual massacre seriously.




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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Many people, on hearing the story, have made comparisons to the 1998 movie ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'' ("La Vitá e Bella") with Roberto Benigni, which did win some Oscars by the way. So one can only wonder what could have happened if this picture was released to the public?



5th Sep '15 3:03:53 AM LahmacunKebab
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Many people, on hearing the story, have made comparisons to the 1998 movie ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'' ("La Vitá e Bella") with Creator/RobertoBenigni, which did win some Oscars by the way. So one can only wonder what could have happened if this picture was released to the public?

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Many people, on hearing the story, have made comparisons to the 1998 movie ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'' ("La Vitá e Bella") with Creator/RobertoBenigni, Roberto Benigni, which did win some Oscars by the way. So one can only wonder what could have happened if this picture was released to the public?



* PopCulturalOsmosis: This is one of the most infamous and talked about movies ever made ... that practically nobody has ever seen. It has gotten to the point that it is treated as a joke rather than an actual existing movie.

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* PopCulturalOsmosis: This is one of the most infamous and talked about movies ever made ...made... that practically nobody has ever seen. It has gotten to the point that it is treated as a joke rather than an actual existing movie.
6th Aug '15 7:40:32 PM Katsuhagi
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** Though YMMV on this, as using the children's innocence against them is arguably ''more'' sinister than being brutal beforehand.
6th Aug '15 12:49:50 PM OlfinBedwere
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In 2015, Lewis donated copies of all his movies to the Library of Congress, with a stipulation that this film could not be screened for ten years, meaning that ''The Day the Clown Cried'' will have sat on TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment for 53 years.
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