History Film / TheDayTheClownCried

22nd Aug '17 4:13:22 AM MarkLungo
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* DrivenToSuicide / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Helmut, who is a ''Sonderkommando'', decides to die with the children he's just brought into the gas chamber.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide / DrivenToSuicide[=/=] DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Helmut, who is a ''Sonderkommando'', decides to die with the children he's just brought into the gas chamber.]]



* RevealShot: The time peroid in which the film is set was kept ambiguous early on, only revealing itself while Doork is drowning his sorrows at the bistro, with the camera pulling back to reveal a wall of World War II photographs.

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* RevealShot: The time peroid period in which the film is set was kept ambiguous early on, only revealing itself while Doork is drowning his sorrows at the bistro, with the camera pulling back to reveal a wall of World War II UsefulNotes/WorldWarII photographs.
22nd Aug '17 4:10:34 AM MarkLungo
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In 1972, Creator/JerryLewis directed a film about a Holocaust-era German clown entertaining Jewish children in Auschwitz.

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In 1972, Creator/JerryLewis directed a film about a Holocaust-era [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Holocaust]]-era German clown entertaining Jewish children in Auschwitz.
22nd Aug '17 4:09:39 AM MarkLungo
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The story 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.

After suffering abuse from the prison guards, he wanders to the Jewish section of the camp. Through the chainlink fence, he notices a group of Jewish children. He performs for them and finds that they appreciate his act, filling him with a sense of hope. The head of the camp does not approve at first but soon gives him the job of loading the children into trains for "deportment". Doork agrees on the condition that he is able to make an appeal. One night, due to a mishap, he is loaded onto a train along with the children. He soon realizes that the children are to be executed. He puts on a brave face and entertains them all the way to the gas chamber. Filled with remorse, he agrees to enter the gas chamber with them where he dies.

The script is [[http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/the_day_the_clown_cried.html available online]]. Some of the cast members and some of the very few people who have seen the rough cut of the film (including Creator/HarryShearer) were interviewed for a ''Spy'' magazine article which is available [[http://books.google.com/books?id=bsf3-GfE_JoC&lpg=PA42&dq=the%20day%20the%20clown%20cried&pg=PA40#v=onepage&q&f=false here]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJai18eys0M&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKXcoKOKthK5VVZQgJ4Hdsw Some behind-the-scenes footage]] from a Flemish film review show from the 1970s has also found its way online. There was also a BBC documentary about this film, which can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbZIyXNRxos here.]]

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The story involves Helmut Doork (Lewis), a circus clown in Nazi Germany UsefulNotes/NaziGermany who once had a stunning career throughout Europe.UsefulNotes/{{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. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. This lands him in prison prison, where his troubles get worse.

After suffering abuse from the prison guards, he wanders to the Jewish section of the camp. Through the chainlink fence, he notices a group of Jewish children. He performs for them and finds that they appreciate his act, filling him with a sense of hope. The head of the camp does not approve at first but soon gives him the job of loading the children into trains for "deportment". Doork agrees on the condition that he is able to make an appeal. One night, due to a mishap, he is loaded onto a train along with the children. He soon realizes that the children are to be executed. He puts on a brave face and entertains them all the way to the gas chamber. Filled with remorse, he agrees to enter the gas chamber with them them, where he dies.

The script is [[http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/the_day_the_clown_cried.html available online]]. Some of the cast members and some of the very few people who have seen the rough cut of the film (including Creator/HarryShearer) were interviewed for a ''Spy'' magazine article which is available [[http://books.google.com/books?id=bsf3-GfE_JoC&lpg=PA42&dq=the%20day%20the%20clown%20cried&pg=PA40#v=onepage&q&f=false here]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJai18eys0M&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKXcoKOKthK5VVZQgJ4Hdsw Some behind-the-scenes footage]] from a Flemish film review show from the 1970s has also found its way online. There was also a BBC [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] documentary about this film, which can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbZIyXNRxos here.]]
21st Aug '17 8:32:36 AM NESBoy
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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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In 2015, 2015 (two years before his death), 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.
25th Oct '16 9:45:54 AM NESBoy
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* MyNaymeIs: Helmut Doork's last name is actually "Dorque" -- the other spelling was used throughout the script for the sake of making the intended pronunciation clear.


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* RevealShot: The time peroid in which the film is set was kept ambiguous early on, only revealing itself while Doork is drowning his sorrows at the bistro, with the camera pulling back to reveal a wall of World War II photographs.
25th Jul '16 9:26:26 PM AP
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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 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.

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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 the production entirely. The He ended up staying on after the producer, Nat Waschberger, threatened to sue Lewis for breach of contract. Enough By that point, 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 script is [[http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/the_day_the_clown_cried.html available online]]. Some of the cast members and some of the very few people who have seen the rough cut of the film (including Creator/HarryShearer) were interviewed for a ''Spy'' magazine article which is available [[http://books.google.com/books?id=bsf3-GfE_JoC&lpg=PA42&dq=the%20day%20the%20clown%20cried&pg=PA40#v=onepage&q&f=false here]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJai18eys0M&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKXcoKOKthK5VVZQgJ4Hdsw Some behind-the-scenes footage]] from a Flemish film review show from the 1970s has also found its way online.

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The script is [[http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/the_day_the_clown_cried.html available online]]. Some of the cast members and some of the very few people who have seen the rough cut of the film (including Creator/HarryShearer) were interviewed for a ''Spy'' magazine article which is available [[http://books.google.com/books?id=bsf3-GfE_JoC&lpg=PA42&dq=the%20day%20the%20clown%20cried&pg=PA40#v=onepage&q&f=false here]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJai18eys0M&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKXcoKOKthK5VVZQgJ4Hdsw Some behind-the-scenes footage]] from a Flemish film review show from the 1970s has also found its way online.
online. There was also a BBC documentary about this film, which can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbZIyXNRxos here.]]
25th Jul '16 9:06:39 PM AP
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23rd Jun '16 12:32:32 PM AnotherGuy
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* SurvivorshipBias: Averted. Doork dies along with the kids at the end.

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* SurvivorshipBias: Averted. Doork dies along with the kids at the end.[[spoiler: See Driven To Suicide.]]
23rd Jun '16 12:31:26 PM AnotherGuy
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: There was never a clown in any Nazi camp who performed for children, with acceptance of Nazi camp leaders.
23rd Jun '16 12:30:15 PM AnotherGuy
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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Certainly the Nazis didn't bother with using clowns to lure children into gas chambers. Guns and attack dogs were sufficient.


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* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Tired of beating the everloving crap out of Helmet every time he entertains children at the concentration camp, they make him the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonderkommando Sonderkommando]]'' for children. In order words, he's forced to carry out corpses of ''children'' from the gas chambers. [[spoiler: At the climax, he's expected to ''induct'' children into the gas chamber, something real ''Sonderkommandos'' were never asked to do. It's no wonder Helmut decides to hop in with them.]]


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* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler: ''Sonderkommandos'' were regularly KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade, so this was Helmut's likely fate had he not killed himself.]]
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