Jerry Lewis: The Total Film-Maker

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Judd Apatow is better 5
The Ladies Man (1961) 4
The Bellboy (1960) 3
The Day the Clown Cried (1972) [Cause a movie no one can see is better than any of these] 2
The Nutty Professor (1963) 1
The Errand Boy (1961) 1
Cracking Up (1983) 0
Hardly Working (1980) 0
Which Way to the Front? (1970) 0
One More Time (1970/I) 0
Three on a Couch (1966) 0
The Family Jewels (1965) 0
The Patsy (1964) 0
The Big Mouth (1967) 0


ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

dude come on.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

mine was in french for chrissakes.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

yours does have a funny photo, though.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

But mine has Judd Apatow!

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

zee pigs refuse to search for truffles until you remove ze final option

da croupier, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yours, admittedly, does include the Curious George legacy.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is the worst tragedy in the history of the ilx.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

you might even say it was the day the clowns cried.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

If mods want to delete this one, I'm cool.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

we'll let dr. morbius decide.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

one is obviously for his best directorial effort, the other his acting. considering his skill at both, i think both threads are valid.

da croupier, Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

"skill"

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Seriously? Hating on Jerry is still a thing?

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've been a huge fan in the past and remain so currently, but recent re-watches have made me feel he's the directorial equivalent of asperger's. I could easily see myself falling out of love with this director.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wait. How did two Jerry Lewis polls happen on the same day? He's not dead, is he??

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Departed thread got off track

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

No, just a Morbs-related clusterfuck in The Departed thread.

(x-post)

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

i have to give it to eric though because "the total film-maker" has made me lol every time i've looked at it.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

xpost

not sure what you mean by that. would that make tati full-on autistic ?

dell (del), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Paul Sorvino: The Total Film-Maker

Let me tell you something about that song. (Eazy), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Coleman Francis: The Total Film-Maker

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

do you own a copy, strongo?

already president FYI (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Would buy Coleman Francis: The Total Film-Maker for a dollar.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

i own all the coleman francis movies, morbs. come on now.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

including the supressed directors cut of the the skydivers.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Day The Curly Killed

da croupier, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

francis/truffaut

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, anyway, the man's a stone cold genius. I prefer him to Chaplin, Keaton, Tati, who else ya got? At least seven of these are masterpieces but The Ladies Man stands as quite possibly the greatest film comedy of all-time. I grovel before him while dreaming of a 12-DVD box set of his greatest (which, as always with Jerry, also means his grossest) telethon moments.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Red Zone Nutty

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

I prefer him to Chaplin, Keaton, Tati, who else ya got?

we part company here

already president FYI (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah i was gonna say. a lol is a lol but.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

preferring Lewis to Keaton is like preferring Blackmore's Night to Deep Purple

frog in a bs place (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

preferring lewis to chaplin is like preferring getting punched in the nuts to eating a pizza

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

hahahaha

frog in a bs place (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

site for jerry lewis fans: http://www.ballbustingtube.com/

don't click that btw.

frog in a bs place (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh now you knew i was going to click on that

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

all the "I cannot tell a lie" GIS results had some extraneous bullshit :(

frog in a bs place (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

jerry lewis chopped down the cherry tree with his big fucking dick

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't even know what i'm talking about now. i'm so tired.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh pish posh. He exploited the potential of cinema much more than either Chaplin or Keaton (both of whom, yes, exploited it exceedingly well and have many masterpieces under their belts). Tati may have surpassed Lewis on that level but he lacks Lewis' grotesque personality which is essential to his life-affirming effect. I'm reminded of something Richard Barrios's disdain for Al Jolson (a key Lewis progenitor) in The Singing Fool: "Charisma, when applied this relentlessly, becomes oppressive." But yo, Richard, that's precisely why we go to the movies (or listen to, I don't know, Morrissey): to witness a gargantuan, out of control ego as a way to measure the contours of our own steady paths. If I wanted an even-keeled experience, I'd knock on my neighbor's door and ask to borrow some sugar.

P.S. Pizza is stupid and boring.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

delete "something"

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

You don't strike me as the type that needs more sugar.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

I certainly don't need fuckin' pizza.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Bozelka, OTM itt.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Rosenbaum:

Why are the French so crazy about Jerry Lewis? Well, for one thing, some of them see him as being very much like America: infantile, hysterical, uncontrolled, giddy, uninhibited, tacky, energetic, inarticulate, obnoxious, sentimental, overbearing, socially and sexually maladjusted, and all over the place. (By contrast, at least on the surface, Allen is adolescent, neurotic, controlled, whiny, inhibited, preppy, lethargic, articulate, cynical, wormy, socially and sexually maladjusted, and confined.) It’s not so much a matter of necessarily loving all these qualities as it is envying or admiring or identifying with some of them, and being horrified by others — a sort of compressed model of the love-hate that many French people feel toward America as a fantasy object. I suspect that what many French people experience as the overcultivated constraints of their culture finds a welcome release in Lewis’s explosiveness and ungainliness, and their taste for freewheeling fantasy is partially met by Lewis’s remoteness from realism — the sheer wildness of his ideas as a writer-director, and the deconstructive habits such as the vulgar modernism that he shares with Mel Brooks, which periodically reminds us in various self-referential ways that we’re watching a film. (At one point in the mid-1960s, Godard described Lewis as “the only free man working in Hollywood.”)

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is probably racist.
dongmaster2 4 months ago

buzza, Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

I seriously can't watch more than a minute or two of Jerry Lewis before my flesh starts to crawl. He's like the uncanny valley of human behavior.

SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 23 June 2011 18:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

dongmaster2 otm

☂ (max), Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Errand Boy has some of his most self-glorifying schmaltz, esp at the end.

JCLC, nothing exceeds like excess!

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(ie start with The Bellboy or The Ladies Man)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

my favorite M&L sketch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erLJdTPa2i4

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Errand Boy is as good a starting point as any (I actually prefer it -- slightly -- over The Bellboy). The schmaltz (and there isn't that much) doesn't/can't detract from some of the most hilarious moments ever committed to film.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 20 August 2017 20:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Dean & Jerry's best was mostly in clubs and TV; this is an exception

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PicUbw-zVI

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 August 2017 20:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

obit roundup, from JL biographer Shawn Levy to Marc Maron to The Forward

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/4845-the-daily-jerry-lewis-1926-2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 August 2017 15:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

note thru from my sister's boyf that he is watching cinderfella w/my niece (9), and she is chuckling away

thus is the tradition passed down

mark s, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Perrin on his Lewis "re-education" and watching him rehearse SNL.

https://dennisperrinblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/when-clowns-cry/

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

STOP WITH THE BRUSHING! https://t.co/CKH59ao8zX

— James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) August 20, 2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 24 August 2017 15:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

hahah <3
HOLD IT

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 24 August 2017 16:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The lunch scene in The Errand Boy was somethin'.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 August 2017 17:18 (eleven months ago) Permalink

watch the Miami one!

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 24 August 2017 17:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Interesting quote circa The Bellboy, after CC's political exile obviously:

"To compare me to Chaplin is ludicrous in a sense. Chaplin was a real master. I'd have to work fifty years to begin to touch what he did. But we work differently. I don't impose my thinking as a person on an audience. I don't think comedy has room for a political approach."

That next-to-last sentence is self-deception, of course.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 07:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Orson Welles:

“When he goes too far, he’s heaven; it’s just when he doesn’t go too far that he’s unendurable.”

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 07:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Spot on, there.

Mark G, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the Genius inseparable from the Asshole

http://www.tiff.net/the-review/au-revoir-mr-lewis/

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i love that! this scene is in the theremin documentary

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 3 September 2017 18:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

TCM is showing some Jerry today: Nutty Professor @ 5pm pst, King of Comedy @7pst, The Stooge @9pm & Bell Boy @ 11pm

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 September 2017 20:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I hope the Carpenters saw the last 30 seconds of this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7j-oWaNUkc

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 September 2017 22:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Lazy impersonations of Lewis focus on the mania and miss those pauses the perfectionist, preternaturally gifted physical comedian would lace into his bits. A random limb swiftly raised then replaced just as quickly, the intention realized as useless almost the instant it’s conceived; the trailing-off sentence fragments and swallowed coughs, a need to articulate the dilemma strangled by the pointlessness (or impossibility?) of the effort; the childlike defensive stance, crouched so his butt sticks out and face juts forward, and cautious tread—more a single legged-pivot with, somehow, forward momentum—around the problem; the hand briefly cradling the brow beginning to seethe. It’s a magnificent collection of cancelled gestures and never-stated oaths, as if even Lewis’s frustration was being frustrated. And then—and only then, snarky shouters of nasal freundlavens should note—the explosion.

But it’s where these outbursts are embedded, particularly in Lewis’s self-directed films, that sets them above. Working hard on the Martin and Lewis pictures, developing his craft even as he began reaching for a relevancy and pathos beyond the gibbering of The Kid (a stagehand on their TV show once asked what bit of business Lewis was endlessly rehearsing; “Shakespeare shit,” snarled Dean), Lewis began second-guessing and bossing around such talented but uninspired directors as Norman Taurog; but Frank Tashlin he studied. From the former animator he learned the infinite possibilities of a cartoon world made flesh, and the visual advantages of a bright, modernist palette. To Tashlin’s anarchic satire of mid-century America, Lewis added the element that shall forever divide his followers from his detractors: an ego that was monstrous, to be sure, but also so self-aware of its own needs and limitations it couldn’t help but be tuned in to its fragility as well, and the permeability of what we like to think of as our immutable selves. “The Lewisian person is not merely inconsistent,” Chris Fujiwara has written, “he is discontinuous.”

http://parallax-view.org/2017/08/22/not-find-hilarious-celebrating-jerry-lewis/

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 20:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Watched Who's Minding the Store? the other day. Taking note of the incredible number of brand name department store items constantly on display made me think about how these films, whether Tashlin or Jerry-directed, always give you so much to look at in the backgrounds and how often it's of a consumerist nature. There's also, for example, the supermarket-destruction scene in The Disorderly Orderly and all the modernistic hotel trappings in The Bellboy. Even as "satire of mid-century America" these films really revel in the most modern aspects of consumer culture. And Jerry's dork characters often sport cool, contemporary clothes (by Sy Devore?), which make them (him) seem that much more up-to-date.

Would have to say the out-of-control vacuum cleaner bit in Who's Minding the Store? has got to be one of Jerry's all-time best set pieces. Complete chaos, total madness.

Watched The Geisha Boy too and was somewhat disappointed that the Jerry character couldn't have found more time for the young Suzanne Pleshette in addition to all the time he devotes to the little Japanese boy. Couldn't quite understand his coolness to her.

Josefa, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 21:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I rewatched The Bellboy last night; both Jerrys undone by modernism.

I also noticed in my first watch of The Delicate Delinquent that, as a single 'juvenile' slumdweller, he was wearing his wedding ring.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 21:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've noticed that Jerry wears his wedding ring in every one of his films (at least in the solo years)!

Josefa, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 22:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

At least one of the obit thinkpieces also mentioned his expensive watch, jewelry etc in Hardly Working, to name one.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 01:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Wondering what Serge G and Jane B had to do The Day the Clown Cried. My skills aren't good enough to understand the Dutch voiceover.

When I Get To The Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 03:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

please explain

Josefa, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 06:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

There is a Dutch video discussing and showing the filming of The Day the Clown Cried and Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin are on set. Can't find right this second.

When I Get To The Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 10:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

apparently they were just visiting

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 11:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Still

When I Get To The Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 11:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Jerry made some home productions w/ his famous friends; there's scuttle butt about trying to get some shown publicly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAFNo_rq7rc

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 September 2017 18:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Watched Jerry's hourlong 1959 TV remake of The Jazz Singer, which is primarily a fascinating piece of psychohistory, and of course ends with him singing "Kol Nidre" in a tallis and clown nose.
(He also does a funny bit with a trumpet at the start.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBe0qy5k8vk

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 October 2017 14:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

Watched that a few years ago; fascinating indeed. And it's the first appearance of Serious/Angry Jerry, right?

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 1 October 2017 14:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

first? not sure

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 October 2017 15:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

you all have been remiss

https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/tag/A%20MUBI%20Jerrython

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

my friend Steve wrote this about JL's 'record act' and subsequent mimicry

https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/jerry-lewis-satirical-impressions-in-pantomimicry

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:54 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

talking at U of C, 1971

The things that I do, of course, are terribly lowbrow. I’m not talking about reviews now. I’m talking about general consensus, that comedy is lowbrow. But you take someone like Stan Laurel, who had the greatest dignity and the most influence of any man I’ve ever know. And he was just chucked under the rug. I finally found out the reason for it: most people fear comedy. Because the truth of it is like a bone coming through the skin. Comedy is nothing more than a mirror we hold up to life. And people don’t want that.

I did an exhibition one night for my class, but they didn’t understand why I felt that way. I told them about a party that I went to in New York—the Jet Set. It was the only night I ever vomited for an hour straight. I never saw anything like it in my life. Just a breed of people that I just can’t begin to tell you about. I didn’t dislike them—I couldn't understand them. Someone would say, “Hello, and how are you,” and turn away, and walk, and you can’t say, “How are you” yet. “How are you”—and I’m about to say—I never got “fine” out. And they’re leaving and they’re shaking hands and leaving…but—I watched this one woman who had a dress on—and it looked like it was painted on her. And there was a terribly funny man there—Jonathan Winters, who’s truly a genius. Hysterical. And this woman fought the laughter back because it would in fact either split the dress—or it would have to bend. And she was getting convulsed. (Laughter.) Her face was still red. But she wasn’t going to budge in that goddamn dress. She was not about to enjoy. And that’s terribly sad. And I showed the students exactly how she stood.

https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/an-afternoon-with-jerry-lewis

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2018 22:41 (six months ago) Permalink

I think CinemaScope and Panavision were made for a rabbi and 7,000 sheep in a desert.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2018 22:46 (six months ago) Permalink

1980 interview by Cahiers:

CAHIERS: We've wondered here if a clown character would work on television?

JERRY LEWIS: I don't believe so. Television... the simple view of television... Look at this box (he points out a sumptuous tv set in the room and opens it). To communicate, you need concentration. Listen, Absorb. Maintain a thought. Look at this set. It's off. Yet I see a table, a couch, a statue with bare breasts. My training was a darkened theater where there's concentration, larger than life. That (vengeful gesture towards tv), is smaller than life. Just this information, unconsciously and psychologically, makes you look at tiny characters, dwarves. Remember when you were a child and you tried to measure with your fingers the distance between two stars? It's la meme chose. For me. If I go to the cinema... WAW!, it takes me, and there is a place for me, for you and you and you. We can all communicate between each other; that's why when we're in a cinema and the movie is bad, it's really bad. For me it's, (hateful gesture), it's about news and sports. Because in sports there is nothing to communicate but who wins and who loses. If you watch a football match and a player scores a goal... (he applauds) The image of a little man is fine, it doesn't have to be larger than life. But if you want to touch people, their hearts and minds, you can't be distracted. You've all seen that in Hollywood (he holds his hand out while looking the other way): "Hello! Nice to see you..." Bullshit. Distraction. And I say let's take these people and put them in a dark empty room with just a little light on them and they will shake hands and yes, they will meet!

CAHIERS: On French television not long ago we saw A KING IN NEW YORK by Chaplin. It was surprising to see how, as he aged, Chaplin became bitter. Most comedians judge others and society more and more as they age, and are morally more and more demanding. Their films become tougher. Do you think this could apply to you?

JERRY LEWIS: If they do to me what they did to Chaplin, yes. I don't think it's as inevitable as all that. There is nothing that I should be bitter about. Chaplin had many reasons to be bitter. Sometimes this hardness is just the expression of a job less well done. The artist realizes it and tries to force things. But Chaplin, they broke his heart. They were unfair to him. Today, can anyone tell me if Chaplin was a communist? And if he had been, what does that have to do with his work? As long as his work makes people happy... There are certainly people doing good work today who may be communists, but I don't care, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone . The last time I was in Paris, I did a series of interviews and I didn't know that one of the journalists I was speaking to was a communist. So what? I was initially worried and then I wondered why: they were good people, they printed what I said, which is not always the case... Nobody comes and explains to me what a communist is. My children asked me this question, I answered: I'll tell you, I'm going to Europe to find out. But I agree with you about A KING IN NEW YORK. What a film!

CAHIERS: One last question: what do you think of the new generation of American filmmakers?

JERRY LEWIS: I like them. But you have to watch them. Spielberg is a good filmmaker. But we should've never let him make 1941 (1979). He's not a comic filmmaker. When you have success in a field, you mustn't change. The man who's very good at repairing the phone, should he also be a brain surgeon? No. If you don't watch the young filmmakers, they'll be eaten alive by the money-men. Spielberg, Lucas, Bogdanovich, Randy Kleiser, they were all my students. They risk disappearing either because they cannot master their success, or because the money-men will steal their talent, turn it on their heads, and not know what to do with it. It's like wine, if you open it too early, it's vinegar. We can't speed up the creative process. We don't do in a year what takes twenty-five years to grow. Hemingway did not begin by writing THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. We learn from what we've done, not from what others tell us. And we are our best judges. Because we know what we did. When we're young we get our heads together, we figure out that what we do is good. But great works come from big mistakes, not great successes. I don't like it, but that's how it is. And the young American filmmakers you're talking about, they've learned their craft but haven't learned patience. We are all impatient in a way, but if you are too impatient, you won't last long. Then there are those who make mistakes, can't stand it and slink away.

https://kinoslang.blogspot.de/2018/02/maybe-we-can-get-it-weaved-no-2.html

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:58 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i open bidding on Stan Laurel's studio pass, which I saw JL pull out of his wallet in 2012

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 04:50 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i've only seen the episode of the Seinfeld Coffee series with Garry Shandling, but I'm going to have to catch the one in the new season with Lewis at some point. JL orders breakfast: “I’m gonna have three fried eggs up, and a large order of very very very stiff bacon.”

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:14 (one month ago) Permalink

haha

That series is pretty hit-or-miss, but Jer will be reliably cantankerous and/or hilarious.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:35 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The @believermag has made its archive available for free online, include probably the most essential essay on Jerry Lewis, B. Kite's 2-part "The Jerriad": https://t.co/EAds0EZRWx + https://t.co/NYteyav5Hg pic.twitter.com/vLZ13amGvH

— Notebook (@NotebookMUBI) July 27, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 27 July 2018 20:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

As good as writing on Lewis gets!

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Friday, 27 July 2018 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"I am THE dichotomy."

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 27 July 2018 20:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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