Jerry Lewis is hands down one of the most important figures in filmmaking. From his comedic work to his directing prowess the man has very few rivals. Over the course of his career, Jerry Lewis made some of the most important and innovative films ever to be put on the silver screen.
And then there’s ‘The Day The Clown Cried’.
Jerry Lewis, in the early 1970’s starred and directed a film called ‘The Day The Clown Cried’. It was a holocaust picture about a german clown who was arrested for mocking Hitler, then shipped off to a concentration camp where he was used to guide children into the gas chambers. The reason you’ve never seen this film is that Jerry Lewis doesn’t want you to see it. There are only a few copies of the film in existence. Lewis is in possession of one of them.
Only a select few individuals have ever seen the film. Well, behind the scenes footage has shown up online.
Feast your eyes, friends. Feast your eyes.
Here’s Jerry Lewis explaining why the film has been suppressed for the last 30 years.