The something all people is aware approximately Jerry Lewis is that he's loved by means of the French, these incomprehensible hedonistic strangers around the sea. The French comprehend him, whereas within the U.S. he's at top a riddle, no longer one in every of us. Lewis is an individual we take profound excitement in aside from, if now not ridiculing.
Enfant bad! Jerry Lewis in American Film is the 1st entire assortment dedicated to essentially the most arguable and comprehensive figures in twentieth-century American cinema. A veteran of almost each type of express enterprise, Lewis's performances onscreen and the movies he has directed exhibit major filmmaking skills, and express him to be what he has known as himself, a "total filmmaker." but his paintings has been usually derided by way of American critics.
This ebook demanding situations that simple studying via taking a extra cautious examine Lewis's enormous physique of labor onscreen in sixteen assorted and penetrating essays. Turning to such movies asThe Nutty Professor, The women Man, The King of Comedy, The gentle Delinquent, Living It Up, The Errand Boy, The Disorderly Orderly, Arizona Dream, and The Geisha Boy, the individuals deal with issues starting from Lewis's on- and offscreen performances, the representations of incapacity in his movies, and the eu obsession with Lewis, to his dating with Dean Martin and Lewis's masculinity. faraway from an uncontrolled hysteric, Enfant Terrible! in its place unearths Jerry Lewis to be a meticulous grasp of functionality with a willing feel of yankee tradition and the modern world.
Contributors contain: Mikita Brottman, Scott Bukatman, David Desser, Leslie A. Fiedler, Craig Fischer, Lucy Fischer, Krin Gabbard, Barry Keith furnish, Andrew Horton, Susan Hunt, Frank Krutnik, Marcia Landy, Peter Lehman, Shawn Levy, Dana Polan, Murray Pomerance, and J. P. Telotte.