7 comments on “A Thousand Clowns

  1. I just never got this film at all. Never liked it when I first saw it back in 1965 and didn’t care for it when I tried giving it a second chance recently on TCM. I have always thought that it is an embarrassing movie filled with obnoxious people…and Best Picture? Well, the non-nominated films of that year include: Cat Ballou, The Flight of the Phoenix, Inside Daisy Clover, A Patch of Blue among others…but, then again, I never really could stand the winner that year either, the sappy
    Sound of Music. Guess 1965 was a bad year for me and Oscar!

  2. It’s weird that this was so hard to find. I remember it was a big deal at the time (I was defiitely aware of it, but it was deemed too “grownup” for me back then). Sometimes the things which age badly are the things which are most trying to be “current” with what’s going on at that moment.

  3. Interesting observation about films trying to be “current”…I have come to be slightly embarrassed as I watch many films from the mid-60’s to early 70’s with the obligatory scene at a “hip” club with gals in mini-skirts twisting or hopping around the dance floor. It now seems like such a silly attempt to assure the young audience of the time that Hollywood knew “where it was at”! Anthony, you have put into words why I now squirm uncomfortably while re-watching some of these scenes.

    • I’ve been rewatching The Champions, a British TV show from that period, and there’s a scene just like that (the person throwing the wild party is played by Jeremy Brett, by the way, who went on to be Sherlock Holmes).

      I was cringing, as you say, when the girl who’d jumped up on the table to dance started srtipping off all her clothes. It was shot in a TV-appropriate way, but the way her garments were being tossed around the room told the tale.

      So, still cringe-worthy, but it did make me think that British TV obviously had a lot more leeway than U.S. TV in that same time period.

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