Unreleased Holocaust Film by Jerry Lewis Acquired by Library of Congress

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Jerry Lewis as the clown in 'The Day the Clown Died.'Credit: YouTube

An unreleased Holocaust movie by comedian Jerry Lewis may yet be seen by the public – though it is likely to take at least 10 years, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"The Day the Clown Cried," which Lewis made in Sweden in 1971, has been acquired by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., according to the article. Curator Rob Stone recently told a group of movie buffs that the library has agreed not to screen the film for at least a decade.

Not much is known about the film’s plot except that Lewis plays a German circus clown named Helmut Doork who is held in a concentration camp during the Holocaust and ordered to entertain children before they are sent to the gas chambers..

Lewis, now 89, decided after completing the movie that it should never been seen, even after his death. The reason is not known, though the comedian said in a 2009 interview that “It’s [either] better than 'Citizen Kane' or the worst piece of shit that anyone ever loaded on the projector.” 

The film has reportedly only been seen by a few people. A few clips and a documentary on the making of the film are available on YouTube.

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