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Footage Surfaces Of Infamous “Lost” Jerry Lewis Holocaust Movie

Submitted by on August 13, 2013 – 8:07 amNo Comment

Footage from one of the rarest films of all time has surfaced on YouTube. The Day The Clown Cried is the Holy Grail of film history: awe-inspiring, elusive, and downright mythical at this point. The 1970′s Holocaust comedy- yes, you read that right, Holocaust comedy- directed by and starring Jerry Lewis was reportedly so terrible, Lewis destroyed all copies except one VHS that he keeps in a safe. But some unbelievable sleuth found behind-the-scenes footage of the movie from a Dutch or Belgian-Dutch program, and posted it on the internet this week.

It’s really not much, but it’s more than we’ve ever seen before. Most of the footage is Lewis in director mode, doing mundane tasks. But a few shoots of him doing clown schtick give an idea of what the movie would have been like.

The movie was about a once-famous clown (Lewis) who is sent to a concentration camp by the Nazis for making fun of of the Reich. The film’s infamous reputation likely had to do with the final scene, which supposedly showed Lewis knowingly leading a group of children into a gas chamber while trying to make them laugh, in an attempt to comfort them in their last moments.

The Simpson‘s voice actor Harry Shearer is one of the only people who has seen a copy of the film and discussed it, basically saying that it is exactly as mind-blowing as everyone thinks:

“This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is. “Oh My God!” – that’s all you can say.”

The video was posted by someone with the YouTube user name UncleSporkums, whose account is a mix of self-made skits and film ephemera. How the heck did he find it?

[via AV Club]

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