iN 1972 Jerry Lewis directed and starred in a movie THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED. It has become the most famous movie never seen. It tells the story of a German circus clown who was arrested by the Nazis and ordered to lead children into the gas chambers in Auschwitz. Rumor has it that Lewis was high on prescription drugs during production. The movie was never released. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival Lewis was asked about the filmed and responded, It was all bad, and it was bad because I lost the magic, You will never see it. No one will ever see it, because I am embarrassed at the poor work.
There had been some early test screenings and people were horrified. This behinds the scenes clip that was leaked yesterday might be the only clip we ever see, but I hope it’s not.