Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 06:00 AM PDT by Tom Landy
Federico Fellini's 1970 'I clowns' getting the Blu-ray treatment in October has been detailed.
As previously reported, RaroVideo is getting ready to send in 'The Clowns' on Blu-ray on October 17.
Fellini's fascination with the circus and the surreal come to a head in one of his final masterpieces, 'The Clowns.' The film reflects Fellini's childhood obsession with clowns and begins with a young boy watching a circus set up from his bedroom window. Though comical and referred to as a "docu-comedy", this film explores deeper human conditions such as authority, poverty, humility and arrogance all of which manifest themselves through the characters of the clowns who vary from the local sex-crazed hobo, a midget nun, to a mutilated Mussolini disciple. The film then diverges from its narrative and dreamy state to a more documentary like approach as Fellini searches out these jesters of his youth in Paris to see what has become of them. Featuring Anita Ekberg, the star of his 1960's masterpiece, 'La Dolce Vita' and the director himself.
The Blu-ray will have a new HD transfer from original 35MM negative and extras contain a rare and exclusive short film by Fellini, a video essay on the genesis of the film and a 50 page booklet with exclusive Fellini drawings. Hard-to-find, this 1970 film melds memoir and documentary into a circus of fiction and reality where Fellini delights in the role of ringmaster. The carnival-sounding score composed by Nino Rota, and an appearance by Anita Ekberg (star of Fellini’s 1960’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita), enhances the Fellini-esque experience.
Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.98.
You can find the latest specs for 'The Clowns' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under October 17.
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