Yoyo (Yo Yo) (1965)
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a sad millionaire runs away to join the circus. charming and adorable
Work of Art. Amazing!!!
An eccentric millionaire (writer/director Pierre Etaix) runs off to join the circus once the stock market crash of 1929 obliterates his fortune. His son (also Etaix) eventually finds celebrity success as YoYo the Clown and he then devotes much of his energy to restoring the decrepit remains of his parent's abandoned mansion. The plot of YoYo takes a firm backseat to the visual gags and physical humor inspired from silent two-reelers; the opening of YoYo uses title cards and sound effects that are shamelessly lifted from the works of Charlie Chaplin. I wouldn't call YoYo a masterpiece, but I was immediately charmed by Etaix' sharp comedic timing and the creative misdirection he places into his sight gags. I'd say it's worth checking out if one is fond of 1920's comedy or the films of Jacques Tati.
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