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Inventing Jerry Lewis

Author: Frank Krutnik
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2000.
Series: [Smithsonian studies in the history of film and media].
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"Frank Krutnik shows that Jerry Lewis has consistently acted as a transgressive figure in U.S. popular culture. Drawing on films, rare television shows, recordings, trade reviews, magazine articles, biographies, and documentaries, Krutnik reads Lewis's extreme physical comedy and multifaceted star persona as mediated responses to cultural anxieties about the body, identity, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Krutnik, Frank, 1956-
Inventing Jerry Lewis.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, c2000
(OCoLC)606264046
Named Person: Jerry Lewis; Jerry Lewis; Jerry Lewis; Jerry Lewis
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Krutnik
ISBN: 1560983698 9781560983699
OCLC Number: 42383515
Notes: Series statement from jacket.
Description: x, 317 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: America's Sacred Monster: An Introduction --
Embarrassment to the Order: Jerry Lewis and the French --
Comic Bondage of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis --
Photochemistry: Martin and Lewis Onscreen --
One Man Alone: A Star Is Reborn --
Delicate/Delinquent: The Transitional Films --
Man With a Movie Camera: The Total Filmmaker --
Big Night in Hollywood: The Self-Directed Films --
Kid on the Run: The Wandering Years --
Coming Home: The Nutty National Treasure --
App. Lewisography.
Series Title: [Smithsonian studies in the history of film and media].
Responsibility: Frank Krutnik.

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"Frank Krutnik shows that Jerry Lewis has consistently acted as a transgressive figure in U.S. popular culture. Drawing on films, rare television shows, recordings, trade reviews, magazine articles, biographies, and documentaries, Krutnik reads Lewis's extreme physical comedy and multifaceted star persona as mediated responses to cultural anxieties about the body, identity, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class. He discusses Lewis's partnership with Dean Martin in the late 1940s and early 1950s, exploring how their performances elaborated on a wartime theme of male bonding.

Examining such early '60s solo works as The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, and The Patsy, Krutnik explores the ways in which Lewis both dismantled the conventions of film comedy and manipulated the codes of his public identity. Charting the decline of Lewis's film career and his simultaneous rise to fame as the emotional powerhouse of the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, the author also traces Lewis's attempt to create a serious, adult image to replace that of the aging 'kid'"--BOOK JACKET.

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