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Jerry Lewis : the man behind the clown

Author: Gregory MonroEric EllenaIan AyresJerry LewisARTE France,All authors
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Seventh Art Releasing, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since the early days, Jerry Lewis - in the line of Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel - had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches and signature slapstick humor. Yet Lewis was far more than just a clown. He was also a groundbreaking filmmaker whose unquenchable curiosity led him to write, produce, stage and direct many of the films he appeared in, resulting in such adored classics as The Bellboy, The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical films
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Monro; Eric Ellena; Ian Ayres; Jerry Lewis; ARTE France,; French Connection Films,; Institut national de l'audiovisuel (France),; Lowlands Media,; Inkwell Films,
OCLC Number: 1030684452
Language Note: In English and French; English subtitles (during French dialogue).
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed March 02, 2018).
Description: 1 online resource (61 min.)
Responsibility: written and directed by Gregory Monro ; produced by Eric Ellena ; produced by Ian Ayres.

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Since the early days, Jerry Lewis - in the line of Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel - had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches and signature slapstick humor. Yet Lewis was far more than just a clown. He was also a groundbreaking filmmaker whose unquenchable curiosity led him to write, produce, stage and direct many of the films he appeared in, resulting in such adored classics as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, and The Nutty Professor. By becoming a "total filmmaker," Lewis surpassed expectations as a comic performer and emerged as a driving force in Hollywood. He broke boundaries with his technical innovations, unique voice and keen visual eye, even garnering respect and praise overseas. However, American critics and the cultural elite tended to reject his abrasive art. While they viewed Lewis as nothing more than just a clown, others like the French recognized him as a true auteur, giving rise to questions that have perplexed American pop culture for over 50 years: Why do Europeans love Jerry Lewis? What is this inexplicable aversion Americans have towards him? Is he just a brash, anything-for-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown? Featuring interviews with Martin Scorsese, Sean Hayes, Tony Lewis, Pierre Etaix, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Rae Beth Gordon, Ted Okuda, Shaun Micallef, and more. With appearances by Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, Robert Benayoun and more.

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