Atlanta Film Festival to Screen Lost Jerry Lewis Holocaust Clown Film

by Bryce J. Renninger
April 1, 2010 3:12 AM
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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.

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  • SoMa Wally | April 8, 2010 12:04 PMReply

    I went to the Atlanta Film Fesitval website but couldn't find "The Day the Clown Cried" listed.

  • Charles Hsuen | April 5, 2010 5:47 AMReply

    Hello Bryce:

    Is this an April Fools post? Jerry Lewis is the only one to have a complete and unscored copy of this film and he claims he wouldn't let it see the light.


  • Richard | April 3, 2010 1:28 AMReply

    This is obviously an April Fools joke

  • Rick Stewart | April 2, 2010 7:17 AMReply

    Can't wait

  • Jeremy Mathews | April 2, 2010 4:17 AMReply

    So is this an April Fool's joke, or what?

  • Gabriel Wardell | April 1, 2010 10:36 AMReply

    Never gonna give you up,
    Never gonna let you down,
    Never gonna run around and desert you.
    Never gonna make you cry,
    Never gonna say goodbye,
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you....

  • Maryland Clay | April 1, 2010 8:23 AMReply

    If it's a "lost film" how can they show it? Please explain.

  • Bob | April 1, 2010 5:24 AMReply

    GREAT April Fools joke.