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Tuesday, October 11 • 5:30pm - 6:35pm
Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown

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D: Gregory Monro | France/USA | 60 min | English and French with English subtitles | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE

From his 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 classics as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, and The Nutty Professor. Lewis broke boundaries with his technical innovations, unique voice and keen visual eye.  American critics and the cultural elite, however, tended to view Lewis as nothing more than a clown, while 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? Is he just a brash, anything-for-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown?




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