I'm sure this will make the U.S. television ratings soar:
Federico Fellini-inspired clowns, acrobats and high-wire acts will perform at the closing ceremony for the Torino Olympics.
The circus theme also will include aspects from Italy's winter Carnival, a masked celebration based in Venice each February. A preview of the Feb. 26 ceremony was attended by about 200 people in a Milan theater Monday.
Actual costumes featured in Fellini's 1971 film "The Clowns" will be used. They were made by Academy Award-winning designer Danilo Donati.
Of course, if the ceremony is televised live back to the states, it will air well after the witching hour. Thus, the appeal to pot smokers and acid droppers will be, well, high. I'm thinking the U.S. equivalent would be opening ceremonies directed by David Lynch. Hmmm, that's an idea.