clown makeups: various clowns

The clowns

There have been a surprising number of movies and TV shows featuring female characters in clown makeup – and not just ones set in circuses.

Besidesclowns and childrens entertainers there have been fantasy scenes and even a terrorist in a bizarre disguise.

If anyone knows of any other clowns that should be included please email themakeupgallery.

The movies

Paris, je t’aime (2006): ‘is about the plurality of cinema in one mythic location: Paris, the City of Love. Twenty filmmakers will bring their own personal touch, underlining the wide variety of styles, genres, encounters and the various atmospheres and lifestyles that prevail in the neighborhoods of Paris.’ One of the characters in the ‘Tour Eiffel’ segment is a female mime (Yolande Moreau). Stéphane Robert was key makeup artist.

Pas de deux (2000): this short tells the story of the redemption of a clown (Sarah Clarke – Nina from 24) who has been thrown out of the circus. If anyone has information on the makeup credits, please email themakeupgallery.

Abre los ojos (1997): After he falls in love with the beautiful Sofia (Penélope Cruz) César’s life spirals out of control. In one scene Sofia ignores him while street performing in whiteface, and then remains standing motionless as the rain washes away her makeup. A far better movie than the US remake Vanilla Sky – in which Penélope Cruz played the same role. Paca Almenara was the makeup designer.

Her Alibi (1989): A writer of bad detective novels attempts to escape from writers’ block by involving himself in a muder case – giving a false alibi to the beautiful and apparently innocent suspect, Nina (Paulina Porizkova). But then it all gets more complicated in all the predictable – and lazily written – ways. Paulina Porizkova was nominated for a Razzie; she didn’t win, but only because she was up against Bo Derek in Bolero (and Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest). Medusah was hair & makeup supervisor.

Brewster McCloud (1970): For the closing scene of this Robert Altman movie all the cast appeared as circus performers in the Astrodome. Shelley Duvall got to be a white-face clown with a rag-wool wig: mind you the eyelashes Shelley wore for most of her scenes as Suzanne almost qualified as clown makeup in their own right. Edwin Butterworth was the makeup artist on the movie.