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II Clowns (VOSTF)
Main screening room
August 8th - 13th, 2021
92 min
Centennial Anniversary of Fellini

As an institution with a consistent focus on the history of cinema, a comprehensive Federico Fellini retrospective is the least we can do to mark his centennial. He was a great inventor of cinematic forms and a complex artist – paradoxical, tormented, light-hearted, provocative, introspective, brutal, idealistic and jaded all at once. He recreated the world through his lens, while remaining a sharp observer of his contemporaries and the many sensitivities of his time.

David di Donatello Awards for Best Production in 1971

The Clowns
Directed by
Federico Fellini
Italian version with French subtitles
Riccardo Billi, Federico Fellini, Gigi Reder
Italy, France
92 min

A documentary in which Fellini meets aging clowns, revealing the precariousness of their lives as the traditional circus gradually dies out.

The Clowns

Trailer in the original version. The movie will be presented with french subtitles.



Federico Fellini was one of the greatest Italian writers and directors of the 20th century, and one of the most illustrious filmmakers in the history of cinema. He won the Palme d'or at Cannes in 1960 for La dolce vita, and took home the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film four times (La strada, Nights of Cabiria, 8 ½ and Amarcord), a record he shares with his compatriot Vittorio De Sica. Initially associated with neo-realism, Fellini’s work evolved over the course of the 1960s toward a unique approach related to European modernism, a movement associated with Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard and Andrei Tarkovsky. His films grew increasingly to embrace a proliferation of themes, deliberate artifice and the complete erasure of boundaries between dream, imagination, hallucination and reality.

On March 29, 1993, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded him a lifetime achievement Oscar, “in recognition of his place as one of the screen’s master storytellers.” (Wikipédia)

Photo : Collections de la Cinémathèque québécoise

Federico Fellini


Les clowns (Fellini)
Les clowns (Fellini)
Les clowns (Fellini)
Les clowns (Fellini)

Les clowns de Fellini | © Bavaria Films

Les clowns by Fellini | © Bavaria Films

Les clowns by Fellini | © Bavaria Films

Les clowns by Fellini | © Bavaria Films

Les clowns by Fellini | © Bavaria Films

Les clowns by Fellini | © Bavaria Films

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Federico Fellini aurait eu 100 ans en 2020. Il a fait partie de ces cinéastes qui ont triomphé de leur vivant, dont la reconnaissance de leur apport au cinéma a été affirmée sans ambages, ce qui en retour a sans doute influencé les films qu’ils ont pu encore faire. Non pas qu’il ait gagné des prix à tout coup...

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