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PostSubject: Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening   Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:14 pm

Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening

by Joe McGovern • @jmcgvrn

Helmut Doork, The Day the Clown Cried (Everett Collection)
Posted August 7 2015 — 5:39 PM EDT
Lovers of film history and legendary movies — even ones supposedly so tasteless that they’ve never been released—had their interest piqued this week when a piece of exciting news was dropped in the 21st paragraph of an Los Angeles Times article. The Day the Clown Cried, Jerry Lewis’ notorious unreleased Holocaust drama in which he stars as a clown playing with children before they are sent into gas chambers, has been acquired by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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What does this mean? Well, that we might finally see the film, though we shouldn’t hold our collective breath. According to the article, Rob Stone, the moving-image curator at the library, received the one known print of the film as part of a larger collection of Jerry Lewis work. Stone did not respond to EW’s requests for comment, but told a group of movie buffs at a festival of “lost” movies that the library has agreed not to screen the film for at least a decade.
Lewis, now 89, made The Day the Clown Cried in Sweden in 1971. Not much is known about the film’s plot except that Lewis plays a German circus clown named Helmut Doork who is sent to a concentration camp during World War II and ordered to entertain children. The production sputtered due to production problems related to an alleged financial dispute with a French producer, but the film was finished and a copy was printed, intended for release.
But Lewis, some time after locking that final cut for the movie, decided that it should never been seen, even after his death. In a fascinating interview with EW’s Chris Nashwaty in 2009, Lewis addressed the Schrödinger’s cat dilemma that his film had caused for curious movie lovers. “It’s [either] better than Citizen Kane or the worst piece of s— that anyone ever loaded on the projector,” he quipped. 
We’ll have to wait until the embargo lifts to find out. As Lewis said himself to EW, “After I’m gone, who knows what’s going to happen? … The only thing that I do feel, that I always get a giggle out of, some smart young guy … is going to come up with an idea and he’s going to run the f—ing thing. I would love that. Because he’s going to see a hell of a movie!”
See clips from The Day the Clown Cried, as seen in a 1972 TV documentary that aired in Belgium, below:


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PostSubject: Re: Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening   Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:55 am

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'In a fascinating interview with EW’s Chris Nashwaty in 2009, Lewis addressed the Schrödinger’s cat dilemma that his film had caused for curious movie lovers. “It’s [either] better than Citizen Kane or the worst piece of s— that anyone ever loaded on the projector,” he quipped.'

Maybe it was too far ahead of its time.  In 1971 no-one had ever heard the term holocaust except as a word in the dictionary meaning extreme human disaster, like Hiroshima after the bomb.  It didn't have a big H yet.

Maybe he was concerned about historical accuracy or insulting already downtrodden Germans, or more likely, by 2009, it just makes a parody of the entire campaign as too crude to take seriously.
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PostSubject: Re: Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening   Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:32 pm

The clown led jewish kids to the "Gassum Chambers"



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PostSubject: Re: Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening   Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:35 am

Where was God??!


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PostSubject: Re: Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening   Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:21 pm

Here may be a more realistic jewish clown.  The red ball is brilliant for disguising the hook nose.


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PostSubject: Re: Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening   Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:05 am

wag wrote:
Here may be a more realistic jewish clown.  The red ball is brilliant for disguising the hook nose.

The clown thing has always been a jewish thing. A way to hide insane self-loathing and malevolence (not very well). There's a reason why kids have always been instinctually creeped out by clowns, and it's not just the outfits.







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PostSubject: Re: Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening   Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:51 am

puckatawk wrote:
Article:

'In a fascinating interview with EW’s Chris Nashwaty in 2009, Lewis addressed the Schrödinger’s cat dilemma that his film had caused for curious movie lovers. “It’s [either] better than Citizen Kane or the worst piece of s— that anyone ever loaded on the projector,” he quipped.'

Maybe it was too far ahead of its time.  In 1971 no-one had ever heard the term holocaust except as a word in the dictionary meaning extreme human disaster, like Hiroshima after the bomb.  It didn't have a big H yet.

Maybe he was concerned about historical accuracy or insulting already downtrodden Germans, or more likely, by 2009, it just makes a parody of the entire campaign as too crude to take seriously.

The term the Holocaust is not in this 1971 movie. The term is not even used in 1978 movie The Boys From Brazil. They'll have to find a clever reason why the term is not in this 1971 movie or just dub it in.

I traced down the creation of the term the Holocaust to a 1975/1976 book by Lucy Davidowicz.
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PostSubject: Re: Jerry Lewis' never-released Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried inches closer to a possible screening   Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:32 am

laconas wrote:
puckatawk wrote:
Article:

'In a fascinating interview with EW’s Chris Nashwaty in 2009, Lewis addressed the Schrödinger’s cat dilemma that his film had caused for curious movie lovers. “It’s [either] better than Citizen Kane or the worst piece of s— that anyone ever loaded on the projector,” he quipped.'

Maybe it was too far ahead of its time.  In 1971 no-one had ever heard the term holocaust except as a word in the dictionary meaning extreme human disaster, like Hiroshima after the bomb.  It didn't have a big H yet.

Maybe he was concerned about historical accuracy or insulting already downtrodden Germans, or more likely, by 2009, it just makes a parody of the entire campaign as too crude to take seriously.

The term the Holocaust is not in this 1971 movie. The term is not even used in 1978 movie The Boys From Brazil. They'll have to find a clever reason why the term is not in this 1971 movie or just dub it in.

I traced down the creation of the term the Holocaust to a 1975/1976 book by Lucy Davidowicz.

That was back when we were supposed to believe the jews were thrown into ovens and burnt alive (not unlike the reality of allied fire bombings and hiroshima).  Funny how nobody now questions the term being that "history" now has jews being gassed with bug spray - Zyclon B (not the more lethal mustard gas that was used in WWI and had Cpl Hitler in a hospital for a year).  The term then should not be "the holocaust", which is a burning, but "the extermination", which is what bug spray is supposed to do.  scratch

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