Back in August, some footage of Jerry Lewis’ long-buried, carefully guarded The Day The Clown Cried made its way to the Internet, enchanting fans of cult cinema like a circus clown leading kids to a Nazi gas chamber. That footage has since been removed, dismissed from YouTube like Lewis repeatedly has any inquiry into actually seeing the thing. But now there’s another way to learn a little bit more about Lewis’ legendarily tone-deaf creation, besides secondhand reports from Harry Shearer, one of Patton Oswalt’s staged readings, or just looking at the script yourself.
New, lengthier clips have emerged from a documentary that was being made about its production, offering actual takes from the film and some behind-the-scenes revelations—like the fact that Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin were apparently on set, with Gainsbourg drawn inexorably to the Jerry Lewis flame, like all French people. And here those clips are, for anyone who finds the idea of Jerry Lewis playing the Holocaust’s most popular clown intriguing, likely because they are true lovers of the cinema. [via Bleeding Cool]
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