The Clowns (film)

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I clowns
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Directed by Federico Fellini
Produced by Elio Scardamaglia
Written by Story and Screenplay:
Federico Fellini
Bernardino Zapponi
Starring Federico Fellini
Music by Nino Rota
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Release date
December 25, 1970
Running time
92 min.
Language Italian

I clowns (also known as The Clowns) is a 1970 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 Clowns was incorrectly referred as the first mockumentary in film history.[4] In fact, A Hard Day's Night (1964) appears to be the first one. Nonetheless, being documentary and fiction in one, The Clowns distinguishes itself by being a mockumentary with unique characteristics.



  • 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 asHimself - 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


  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

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