Parable – “The story begins as an old fashioned circus parade is traveling through the countryside. In the back of the parade is a simple clown dressed in white almost like a harlequin, riding atop a donkey. There are no words, just music and pantomime like action, giving the film the feel of an old time Punch and Judy show. The circus is inhabited by typical characters, all seeming to have hardship in their lives. And at the top of the food-chain is Magnus, the grand puppeteer, performing his diabolical shows where he strings up human beings as living marionettes and controls their every move. In this bizarre world comes the clown, a character of good will. He helps each person with their individual hardships, taking their place and carrying their burdens for them. And from his goodness he gains followers; a wondering batch of misfits who cannot help but be moved by the clowns good heart. But the final encounter is with Magnus, who is filled with hate. The clown takes the place of Magnus’s …” Written by Eric Forsberg
“A true auteur of the often unjustly unsung genre of sponsored films, Rolf Forsberg has written and directed a number of highly stylized expressionistic shorts that defy simple description, including the controversial and acclaimed Parable (1964), which was named to the National Film Registry last year. While many of Forsberg’s films were made on assignment for major religious organizations, his complex body of work is unexpectedly provocative, independent and experimental.
Illustrating key influences, including Bergman and Fellini, Forsberg employs enigmatic symbolism and poetic lyricism to create vivid, nightmarish allegories situated between the spiritual and the secular, heaven and hell. UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to celebrate Rolf Forsberg’s uniquely humanist canon with a selection of some of his most notable films and a conversation with the filmmaker himself.”
Depictes Jesus as a circus clown and was the inspiration for Godspell.
“Forsberg’s film is thoughtful and beautifully handled.” — Time Magazine
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