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The film was made for the Italian TV station RAI with an agreement that it would be released simultaneously as a cinema feature. RAI and co-producer Leone Film compromised on its release, with RAI broadcasting it on Christmas Day, 1970, and Leone Film releasing it theatrically in Italy the following day, December 26, 1970.

It is a docufiction: part reality, part fantasy. The film has sometimes been referred to as the first mockumentary in film history, although 1964s A Hard Days Night may have a superior claim to that distinction. Being documentary and fiction in one, The Clowns distinguishes itself by being a mockumentary with unique characteristics, not the least of which is reflecting Fellinis own increasing fascination with how documentary films reflect "reality". Fellini would further explore this semi-fictional documentary genre in 1969s Fellini: A Directors Notebook and 1987s Intervista, both of which contain unreliable depictions of Fellini himself making the film within the film narrative.


1.1. Cast Main

  • Carlo Rizzo as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Rizzo
  • Osiride Pevarello as Clown Credited as Peverello
  • Merli as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Dante Maggio as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Maggio
  • Pierre Etaix as Himself
  • Jean-Baptiste Thierree as Himself credited as Baptiste
  • Maunsell as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Fumagalli as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Alex asHimself – French Clown
  • Tristan Remy as Himself
  • Ludo as Himself – French Clown
  • Valentini as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Alberto Sorrentino as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Sorrentino
  • Charlie Rivel as Himself
  • Anita Ekberg as Herself
  • Tino Scotti as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Scotti
  • Nino Vingelli as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Vingelli
  • Gigi Reder as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Reder
  • Galliano Sbarra as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Sbarra
  • Peppino Janigro as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Janigro
  • Maya Morin as Maya La troupe
  • Giacomo Furia as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Furia
  • Riccardo Billi as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Billi
  • Maïs as Himself – French Clown
  • Martana as Themselves – Italian Clowns credited as I Martana
  • Nino as Himself – French Clown
  • Federico Fellini as Himself
  • Bario as Himself – French Clown
  • Alvaro Vitali as Himself The Troupe
  • Ettore Bevilacqua as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Bevilacqua
  • Victor Fratellini as Himself
  • Franco Migliorini as Himself – Animal Tamer
  • Fanfulla as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Pistoni as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Rinaldo Orfei as Himself
  • Luigi Zerbinati as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Zerbinati
  • Georges Loriot as Himself – French Clown credited as Pere Loriot
  • Nando Orfei as Himself
  • Valdemaro as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Colombaioni as Themselves – Italian Clowns credited as I 4 Colombaioni
  • Carini as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Annie Fratellini as Herself
  • Liana Orfei as Herself
  • Anna Lina Alberti as Herself – Alvaros mother La troupe credited as Lina Alberti
  • Nino Terzo as Himself – Italian Clown credited as Terzo
  • Gasparin as Gasparino La troupe

1.2. Cast Cameo/Uncredited

  • Gustavo Fratellini as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Maria Grazia Buccella as Herself
  • Feverello as Himself – Italian Clown
  • Liliana Chiari as Herself
  • Victoria Chaplin as Herself
  • Shirley Corrigan as Audience member
  • Adelina Poerio as Dwarf nun
  • Aristide Caporale as Railwayman
  • Dante Cleri as Fascist
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