Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

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&&LI&&Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-parent:"";mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:#0400;mso-fareast-language:#0400;mso-bidi-language:#0400;}Well known for his slapstick comedic style, Jerry Lewis has also delighted worldwide movie audiences with a directing career spanning five decades. One of American cinema's great innovators, Lewis made unmistakably personal films that often focused on an ideal masculine image and an anarchic, manic acting out of the inability to assume this image. Films such as The Bellboy, The Errand Boy, Three on a Couch, and The Big Mouth present a series of thematic variations on this tension, in which such questions as how to be a man, how to be popular, and how to maintain relationships are posed within frameworks that set up a liberating and exhilarating confusion of roles and norms. The Nutty Professor and The Patsy are especially profound and painful examinations of the difficulty experienced by Lewis's character in reconciling loving himself and being loved by others. With sharp, concise observations, Chris Fujiwara examines this visionary director of self-referential comedic masterpieces. The book also includes an enlightening interview with Lewis that offers unique commentary on the creation and study of comedy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252076796
  • 9780252076794
  • 416,217

Table of contents

An American Dream; A Structural Cinema; The Performance of Identity; Saying No to No; Oedipus Is No Problem; How to Undo Things with Words; Lewisian Space; The Frame and Its Obstructions; Lewisian Time; Sound; The Total Filmmaker; An Interview with Jerry Lewis; Filmography; Bibliography; Index
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Review quote

"The first extended critical treatment of Lewis in English that Lewis deserves-including a thoughtful, sympathetic, and lucid (yet in no way sycophantic) thirty-two page interview that is conceivably the best one anyone has ever had with him."--Cineaste

"Providing a quick, clear, thoroughly analysis of an artist often ridiculed and little understood, Fujiwara establishes Lewis's themes and invention. . . . Recommended."--Choice "An incomparable work about one of the 20th century's most misunderstood clowns."--The List "Fujiwara's insights should provoke readers to reassess Lewis' considerable body of work."--Booklist "Excellent."--The New York Times

"The most eloquent advocacy [Jerry Lewis has] received on his own shores for decades."--NBC New York
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About Chris Fujiwara

Chris Fujiwara is the author of The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger and Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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