I clowns

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I clowns
The Clowns (film).jpg
Directed byFederico Fellini
Written byStory and Screenplay:
Federico Fellini
Bernardino Zapponi
Produced byElio Scardamaglia
StarringFederico Fellini
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Music byNino Rota
Release date
December 25, 1970
Running time
92 minutes

I clowns (also known as The Clowns) is a 1970 mockumentary film by Federico Fellini about the human fascination with clowns and circuses.[1]


The film was made for the Italian TV station RAI with an agreement that it would be released simultaneously as a cinema feature.[2] RAI and co-producer Leone Film compromised on its release, with RAI broadcasting it on Christmas Day, 1970, and Leone Film releasing it theatrically in Italy the following day, December 26, 1970.[3]

It is a docufiction: part reality, part fantasy. The film has sometimes been referred to as the first mockumentary in film history.[4] Being documentary and fiction in one, The Clowns distinguishes itself by being a mockumentary with unique characteristics, not the least of which is reflecting Fellini's own increasing fascination with how documentary films reflect "reality". Fellini would further explore this semi-fictional documentary genre in 1969's Fellini: A Director's Notebook and 1987's Intervista, both of which contain unreliable depictions of Fellini himself making the film within the film narrative.



  • Riccardo Billi as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Billi)
  • Federico Fellini as Himself
  • Gigi Reder as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Reder)
  • Tino Scotti as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Scotti)
  • Valentini as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Fanfulla as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Merli as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Carlo Rizzo as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Rizzo)
  • Colombaioni as Themselves – Italian Clowns (credited as I 4 Colombaioni)
  • Pistoni as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Martana as Themselves – Italian Clowns (credited as I Martana)
  • Giacomo Furia as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Furia)
  • Alvaro Vitali as Himself (The Troupe)
  • Dante Maggio as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Maggio)
  • Galliano Sbarra as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Sbarra)
  • Peppino Janigro as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Janigro)
  • Carini as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Maunsell as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Nino Terzo as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Terzo)
  • Osiride Pevarello as Clown (Credited as Peverello)
  • Nino Vingelli as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Vingelli)
  • Alberto Sorrentino as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Sorrentino)
  • Fumagalli as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Valdemaro as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Luigi Zerbinati as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Zerbinati)
  • Ettore Bevilacqua as Himself – Italian Clown (credited as Bevilacqua)
  • Maya Morin as Maya (La troupe)
  • Anna Lina Alberti as Herself – Alvaro's mother (La troupe) (credited as Lina Alberti)
  • Gasparin as Gasparino (La troupe)
  • Alex as Himself – French Clown
  • Georges Loriot as Himself – French Clown (credited as Père Loriot)
  • Maïs as Himself – French Clown
  • Bario as Himself – French Clown
  • Ludo as Himself – French Clown
  • Nino as Himself – French Clown
  • Charlie Rivel as Himself
  • Pierre Étaix as Himself
  • Annie Fratellini as Herself
  • Victor Fratellini as Himself
  • Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée as Himself (credited as Baptiste)
  • Tristan Remy as Himself
  • Liana Orfei as Herself
  • Rinaldo Orfei as Himself
  • Nando Orfei as Himself
  • Franco Migliorini as Himself – Animal Tamer
  • Anita Ekberg as Herself


  • Maria Grazia Buccella as Herself
  • Aristide Caporale as Railwayman
  • Victoria Chaplin as Herself
  • Liliana Chiari as Herself
  • Dante Cleri as Fascist
  • Shirley Corrigan as Audience member
  • Feverello as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Gustavo Fratellini as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Adelina Poerio as Dwarf nun


The film has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 18 reviews with an average rating of 6.9/10.[5] Film Critic Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four.[6]


  1. ^ I Clowns review by Philip French at The Guardian, October 26, 2014
  2. ^ Baxter, J.: Fellini, page 260. St. Martins Press, 1993.
  3. ^ Baxter, J.: Fellini, page 270. St. Martins Press, 1993.
  4. ^ I clowns: Fellini's Mockumentary - article at The Artifice
  5. ^ "I Clowns (The Clowns) (1970)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  6. ^ "The Clowns". rogerebert.com. 7 July 1971.

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