Sunday, June 15, 2008

Karandash, a King among Klowns




In concentrating our attentions on the most bizarre anomalies of the performing humanity, too often we forget the beauty of pure comedy.

We promise to our smiling followers to concentrate more of our future researches on peculiar and obscure achievements in the art of laughmaking, possibly in his most virtuosistic and inusual ways. For the followers of this speciality, we also remember you the existence of our friend sites www.clownalley.net, and www.circomelies.blogspot.com, more faithfully devoted to clowns.





Today we unearth a Soviet clip of the 50s: a circus reprise of Karandash (Mihail Rumyantsev, 1901-83), the pioneer of the legendary russian clowning, from a documentary of the time.




His artist’s name means “pencil”: his speciality was the social and political parody (often of the strongest ans shocking nature), as a sort of living cartoon strip, against capitalism and western society. Nothing apparently remains today to witness this strange kind of clowning confusely based on Hitler pigs, Uncle Sam’s pagliaccis and similar strange gags. The only, rare, surviving Karandash material is classic clowning, but at his best.

Karandash started as a Chaplin emule, to quickly develope his own style and tour the world with the Soviet State Circus companies. We hope he will amuse you still today, as he did for millions around the globe.





2 comments:

CLOWNBARET said...

Fabuloso. Great, pure clowning... I just wrote a post on my blog about circus and clown blogs and of course, included you. If you have any more suggestions they're welcome.
GREAT BLOG YOU HAVE, plus your contributions to clownalley are amazing. Thank you, I learn a lot.

Locomotora said...

You stole my next post!!!. I´ll have to wait a couple of weeks...
Great!
Thanks Rafaelle

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