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Clown, The (Ansichten eines Clowns)

Thirty-year-old Hans Schnier still remembers the appalling moral standards of the Nazi regime from his youth. Unfortunately, he detects the same evil trends in post-war Germany. He therefore prefers playing the role of the honest clown rather than adapting himself to a rotten society.

Jasny Vojtech is a central figure of the Czech New Wave. He entered the acclaimed Prague film school (FAMU) in its inaugural year, worked in documentaries with early collaborator Karel Kachyna, and began turning out fiction features in the mid-1950s. Jasny's first solo feature, September Nights (1957), is generally considered a seminal work of the New Wave. His other films include: Desire (1958), Cassandra Cat (1963), which won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes and remains the director's best known work in the West, All My Good Countrymen (1968), which won Best Director honors at Cannes in 1969, the 20-minute Czech Rhapsody (1969), a 1976 adaptation of Heinrich Boell's The Clown (Ansichten eines Clowns, 1976), The Great Land of Small (1987) and Which Side Eden (1999).
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1976
Director Jasny Vojtech
Screenplay Heinrich Boell, Jasny Vojtech
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Cast Helmut Griem, Hanna Schygulla, Eva-Maria Meineke, Gustav Rudolf Sellner, Hans Christian Blech, Alexander May
Producer Maximilian Schell
Production Companies MFG Film/Munich, Filmaufbau/Munich
Original Version
Subtitled Version English