16 November 2005 | haridam0
"Open the vault, Jerry"
No, I haven't seen "The Day the Clown Cried." For years, though, I've heard about it. There have been many articles and evaluations made in terms of its quality--judgments sometimes from others who haven't seen the film either.
I tend to agree with registered IMDb member "dvdtrkr," in stating that all these opinions don't mean much, and are irrelevant next to the opportunity for at least a portion of the public to judge for themselves. He suggests a festival or special engagement occasion as an appropriate venue.
As for controversy, if they could release "Birth of a Nation" and "Triumph of the Will," it seems that this little effort by Jerry could be seen without "demoralizing" its viewers.
Besides, look who heads the cast: the fine, accomplished Harriet Anderson, one of Ingmar Bergman's protégés, for whom he especially wrote "Sommared me Monika' ('53) and later starred her in some his best works: "Gycklaras afton" ('53) "Sasom i en spegel" ('61) and "Fanny och Alexander" ('83).
Lewis managed to amass a considerable audience, both in the U. S. and abroad, with his cinematic efforts. The French took him very seriously as a comedic craftsman, and here's a chance to view a different side of him--significant if only for research/historical purposes . . . completing the portrait of an artist.
So, it's time to open up that vault where the film lies dormant, for a special festival viewing of a work that Lewis not only considered making--but actually took the time, energy and money to bring it to near-final fruition.