One of the most (in)famous unseen movies of all time, if not the most famous, is Jerry Lewis‘ The Day The Clown Cried, a purportedly disastrous movie the comedy auteur made about a clown who lured children into the gas chambers during the Holocaust. Lewis has refused to let any public screenings of the film ever take place, but he has recently donated a copy to the Library of Congress – with one serious caveat.
The donation was made on the condition that the Library of Congress would wait at least ten years to screen The Day The Clown Cried, so if you’re interested in the movie or Jerry Lewis in general, now might be a good time to quit smoking. The donation was just one piece of a whole raft of Lewis’ work recently donated to the Library of Congress, but it’s undeniably the most exciting one.
The recent Jerry Lewis collection that was donated to the Library of Congress was just one part of an entire slate of acquisitions which you can read about at the Los Angeles Times here.