The French Film Critic Who Saw Jerry Lewis’s Infamous Holocaust Movie — and Loved It
It may be possible to make a tasteful movie with a similar theme. Life is Beautiful won 3 Oscars and was nominated for four others. It and is rated #25 of all time at IMDb. And there have been two versions of Jakob the Liar, each of them rated a respectable 6.5 at IMDb.
Per Wikipedia, Lewis himself repeatedly insisted that The Day the Clown Cried would never be released because it is an embarrassingly "bad work" of which he was ashamed.