Fri, Sep 6, 2019 2:30 PM
a year ago
Helmut Doork, a once great and famous clown, is
fired from the circus. Getting drunk at a local bar, he pokes fun at
Hitler in front of some Gestapo agents, who arrest and send him to a
prison camp. Helmut angers his fellow prisoners by refusing to perform
for them, wanting to preserve his legend. As times passes, Jews are
brought into the camp, with fraternizing between them and the other
prisoners strictly prohibited. Eventually, Helmut is forced by the
others to perform or be beaten. His act bombs and he leaves the barracks
depressed, trying the routine out again alone in the prison yard. He
hears laughter and sees a group of Jewish children watching him through a
fence. Happy to be appreciated again, he makes a makeshift clown suit
and begins to regularly perform. His audience grows, but a new prison
Commandant orders Helmut to stop. When he refuses and continues to
perform, he's beaten and thrown in solitary confinement. But the Nazis
soon come up with a use for Helmut, keeping the children quiet as they
are loaded into a boxcar to be sent to another camp. Helmut complies,
but is accidentally locked in with the children and arrives the next day
Pagliacci (Italian pronunciation: [paʎˈʎattʃi]; literal translation, "Clowns")[note 1] is an Italian opera in a prologue and two acts, with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo. It is the only Leoncavallo opera that is still widely performed. Opera companies have frequently staged Pagliacci with Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni, a double bill known colloquially as 'Cav and Pag'.
Pagliacci premiered at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan on 21 May 1892, conducted by Arturo Toscanini, with Adelina Stehle as Nedda, Fiorello Giraud as Canio, Victor Maurel as Tonio, and Mario Ancona as Silvio. Nellie Melba
played Nedda in London in 1893, soon after the Italian premiere, and it
was given in New York on 15 June 1893, with Agostino Montegriffo as
Seconding this as well.
There are 58 out of 61 [three are the Joker] films with the restrictions of...Feature Film, User Rating at least 6, Rating Count at least 500, Plot Matching "CLOWN" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=feature&user_rating=6.0,&num_votes=500,&pl...Dozens of actual clowns in much higher rated films are missing from this shotgunned list.
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