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I Clowns [The Clowns]

I Clowns [The Clowns]

Federico Fellini ,

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One of the Fellini films which has been out of circulation for many years, I clowns [The Clowns] has long been revered by Fellini enthusiasts for the last several decades since its release as among the Maestro's finest works — a thrilling spectacle once seen for the first time, and a picture which after multiple viewings easily takes its place alongside such classics as La strada, Le notti di Cabiria, La dolce vita, Satyricon, Amarcord... but in a register all its own.

I clowns plays out in dazzling colour and in episodic cascade, just as in Fellini's late-60s-and-beyond films. As the circus rolls into town, and the big-tent is erected, the clowns execute their acts with feverish can-you-believe-it bravado. It's all true — and yet not a "documentary" per se; rather, something inbetween a dramatic-comedic portrayal of gags-at-play and the memoria of all that makes the spark for childhood inspiration to ignite into creative virtuosity... and/or into something like Federico Fellini.


One of the great and underacknowledged treasures of the cinema, I clowns takes its place alongside such films as Bergman's Carnies' Twilight, Ophuls' Lola Montès, Étaix's Yoyo, and Tati's Parade as one of the grand portraits of the clowning circus, of a bygone era of the wandering entertainer. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Federico Fellini's I clowns in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition for the first time in the UK.

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19th August, 2014

Released 20th October 2014

One of the Fellini films which has been out of circulation for many years, I clowns [The...



2 Discs

  • New high-definition 1080p presentation of feature on the Blu-ray, and in a progressive encode on the DVD
  • Fellini's Circus — an essay-film about the picture by the great Italian critic and scholar Adriano Aprà
  • New and improved English subtitles
  • A 40-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a conversation about the film between Craig Keller and Sabrina Marques, copiously illustrated


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