...l'arte di far ridere...



Works from the archive of Federico Fellini Foundation


The Clowns, still “human”, greet the Master, with love and smiles. They feel like confiding in him, extending this moment of deep intimacy  just, before jumping on the ring. But Fellini makes a sign to proceed,  he is in a hurry to relive those emotions that captivated him as he was a child on his father's knees and he saw for the first time a Circus' spectacle. The “wind”, that evokes memories, stifles, the Colombaioni disappear in the  background and you can hear, in the distance, the echo of a nursery-rhyme that slowly vanishes...And then, go! Suddenly the lights turn on, the clowns enter in the ring, a breathtaking whirligig of sketches, farces, gags, tricks, music that involve the members of the audience,  both adults and children, in a Chinese box game where a sketch contains another sketch inside, in a vertiginous whirligig that is consumed in hypnotic circle of the consumed...but can a clown really die? Fellini, asked himself this same question at the end of the film, and it is that question that the Colombaioni seek to answer. How is it possible? In the only way they know: by staging the famous “Funeral of a Clown” in their own way.  



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