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excerpts of Jerry Lewis "The Day The Clown Cried" on youtube

Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:59 am ... be_3810812

"Lost" Jerry Lewis Film Debuts On Youtube
by Lew Irwin | 12 August 2013

Ordinarily it's a cause for celebration when a long lost film is found, but it won't be for Jerry Lewis, who has done his best over the years to keep his The Day the Clown Cried from ever being screened publicly. Excerpts from the film appeared over the weekend on YouTube, culled from a Belgian documentary that includes scenes from the 1972 film as well as making of footage. Lewis is also interviewed and talks about his influences as a filmmaker. At a news conference in Cannes in May where he was promoting his latest film, Max Rose, the 87-year-old Lewis emphatically stated that The Day the Clown Cried will never see the light of day. I thought the work was bad, he said, And although I wrote and directed the film, I didn't make it accessible. ... It was all bad, and it was bad because I lost the magic. And that's all I can tell you about it. You'll never see it. No one will ever see it because I'm embarrassed at the poor work. And that's that. Every creator has the right of choice and he has the right of making final decisions that relate to the work. And I made a decision ...because I believed in the work and the way it should have been -- and it wasn't. ... ge_3810858

Jerry Lewis' Controversial Clown Film Footage Released After 41 Years
by Lauren James | 12 August 2013

Buried footage of 'The Day The Clown Cried' is finally released on YouTube.

Acclaimed entertainer and director Jerry Lewis has seen footage of a film he helped make 41 years ago surface online after he swore it would never see the light of day. The movie, entitled The Day The Clown Cried, was completed in 1972, but was withdrawn by Lewis.

The Nutty Professor actor directed and starred in the unreleased movie that was plagued with production and funding problems, which required Lewis to use his own funds to get the film finished. Despite having never been released, probably due to controversy over its subject matter, the movie has gained infamousness amongst film buffs and historians.

Jerry Lewis' Infamous Clown Film Has Mde Its Way To YouTube.

The movie is set in Nazi Germany with Lewis playing Helmut Doork: a clown who is sent to entertain children in the death camps of World War II after he is arrested by Nazis for badmouthing Hitler. His entertaining skills are used to lead children Pied Piper-style on to the trains bound for the death camps and then to their deaths into the gas chambers.

Watch The YouTube Footage Of The Day The Clown Cried:

Years after the film was made, Lewis is the first to admit that the disturbing narrative and dark subject matter didn't emerge as he'd have liked it to. Speaking at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where he showed Max Rose - the first time he's shown a film for in twenty years - the 87 year-old discussed The Day The Clown Cried, saying "No one will ever see it, because I'm embarrassed. I believed in the work and the way it should have been, and it wasn't," reports BBC News:

The Day The Clown Cried Handled A Tough Subject...And Not In The Way Lewis Wanted It To.

Having apparently first surfaced on a Flemish website last year, the behind-the-scenes footage in which Lewis is shown giving directions, can now be found on YouTube. The movie has surfaced before with The Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer describing his experiences of the movie after having viewed it in 1979: "This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is."

Comedian Lewis Initially Had Reservations Over Such A Dark Subject Matter.

Lewis signed up to the project in 1971 after having initial reservations regarding portraying the holocaust through such a strange character. The actor, who has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, eventually agreed to be involved after deciding he'd be doing something worthwhile in portraying the horrors of the holocaust and began to lose weight for a more accurate realisation of the death camp clown.

Lewis' jazz drama Max Rose will be on limited release this year in the USA after been shown at Cannes. ... ne_3810918

Jerry Lewis - Rare Film Footage Of Jerry Lewis' The Day The Clown Cried Surfaces Online
by WENN | 12 August 2013

Previously unseen footage of Jerry Lewis' infamous movie The Day The Clown Cried has surfaced online, 31 years after the legendary comedian pulled the film from release.

The funnyman wrote, starred in and directed the 1972 picture, about a clown who is arrested and forced to lead Jewish children into the gas chamber during the Holocaust, but he was unhappy with the finished product and vowed never to share it with fans.

Speaking about the failed project earlier this year (13), Lewis, now 87, said, "In terms of that film, I was embarrassed. I was ashamed of the work and I was grateful that I had the power to contain it all and never let anybody see it. It was bad, bad, bad. It could have been powerful, but I slipped up... It will never be seen."

However, a clip unearthed from a Flemish news show has now emerged on, in which Lewis appears in costume as the clown. Other scenes depict him giving directions behind the camera.

Re: excerpts of Jerry Lewis "The Day The Clown Cried" on you

Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:10 am

This, I feel, is unfortunate for Lewis. It's his work and he has every right for it not to be shown in public if that is his wish. He made a mistake and an error of judgement with the film, but there it was clearly not intended to be offensive in any way. As with Elvis's Houston show, the film should be a footnote and never seen - but I fear it will be once Lewis passes away.

Re: excerpts of Jerry Lewis "The Day The Clown Cried" on you

Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:50 am ... own-cried/

Even More Footage From Jerry Lewis’ Holocaust Clown Movie, The Day The Clown Cried

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Brendon Connelly

Last year’s most successful non-Star Wars story at Bleeding Cool: ... caust-film revolved around footage from Jerry Lewis‘ long-lost holocaust movie The Day the Clown Cried. I think people find it very hard to believe this film exists.

Why? Well, this film dances on thin ice. Here’s how I described it before:

the story of a clown in a Nazi concentration camp and is most notorious for the last scene of its screenplay: ... cried.html , and presumably of the film as shot.

At risk of spoiling a movie you will most likely never, ever get to see, I can tell you that the climax takes place in a gas chamber, with the clown going in to face his death with a group of scared children, trying to make them laugh in order take away their fear. It ends with them all locked in, the kids laughing as the clown juggles stale bread, just about holding it together.

Today, more footage from the film has surfaced and my sometime colleague Craig Skinner has just alerted me to the link:

And also, Lewis in discussion about the film back in 1972. This is not the line he took about the film in more recent years:

Thanks again the UncleSporkums for the uploads.