Atlanta Film Festival to Screen Lost Jerry Lewis Holocaust Clown Film

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | iW NOW April 1, 2010 at 3:12AM

Atlanta Film Festival to Screen Lost Jerry Lewis Holocaust Clown Film
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The Atlanta Film Festival has just announced that its 2010 edition, in addition to a 50th anniversary screening of "Psycho" and a screening of Paul Haggis's "Crash" hosted by star Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, will be screening "The Day the Clown Cried," a lost film from Jerry Lewis, in which he plays Helmut Dorqu, a clown who leads children to Auschwitz. The festival has compiled comments on the film, which range from "the most notorious cinematic miscue in history" to "unwatchable," all the while festival director Dan Krovich noted, “Audiences are going to be surprised by the depth, sensitity and style of this film.” Festival executive director Gabriel Wardell praises Lewis: “Nearly a decade before DeNiro packed on weight to play an aging Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull,' Lewis shed 35 pounds to portray hardship in the concentarion camps.”

The Atlanta Film Festival runs from April 15-23. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the festival's website here.