The Clown

(1976)
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Based on the best-selling novel by Nobel-laureate Heinrich Böll, this drama is a passionate indictment of Catholicism. Hans Schnier (Helmut Griem) has earned his living as a clown, though he is in fact a very covert sort of social critic. After enduring a difficult childhood in Bonn during the Second World War, including his mother's fanatic Nazism, he is appalled to discover many of the people he knows and loves swept deeply into involvement in the Catholic Church.

  1. Vojtěch Jasný

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Heinrich Böll

    Novel

Top Billed Cast

  1. Helmut Griem

    Helmut Griem

    Hans Schnier

  2. Hanna Schygulla

    Hanna Schygulla

    Marie

  3. Eva Maria Meineke

    Eva Maria Meineke

    The Mother

  4. Hans Christian Blech

    Hans Christian Blech

    Derkum

  5. Jan Niklas

    Leo, Hans’ Bruder

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Original Title Ansichten eines Clowns

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 14, 1976
    Theatrical

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Original Language German

Runtime 1h 51m

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