History Film / TheDayTheClownCried

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.]]
23rd Jun '16 12:23:16 PM AnotherGuy
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* DownerEnding: It's about a clown entertaining children who will be later put in gas chambers. How do you think it's gonna end?
* DrivenToSuicide: [[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 / DownerEnding: It's about a clown entertaining children who will be later put in gas chambers. How do you think it's gonna end?
* DrivenToSuicide:
[[spoiler: Helmut, who is a ''Sonderkommando'', decides to die with the children he's just brought into the gas chamber.]]
23rd Jun '16 12:22:53 PM AnotherGuy
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* DownerEnding: It's about a clown entertaining children as they're led into the gas chambers. How do you think it's gonna end?

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* DownerEnding: It's about a clown entertaining children as they're led into the who will be later put in gas chambers. How do you think it's gonna end?end?
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Helmut, who is a ''Sonderkommando'', decides to die with the children he's just brought into the gas chamber.]]
17th Jun '16 12:38:33 PM Tapol
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[[caption-width-right:350:Jerry Lewis as a clown! What a great idea for a mov--it's set ''WHERE''?!!]]

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3rd Jun '16 12:05:44 AM AnotherGuy
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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).

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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.seriously, as well as ''Film/JakobTheLiar''. 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).
15th May '16 1:48:31 PM KingZeal
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* SurvivorshipBias: Averted. Doork dies along with the kids at the end.
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