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Jerry Lewis, clown rebelle
Jerry Lewis, the Man Behind the Clown
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En véritable artisan, il a écrit, réalisé et joué dans ses propres films, des oeuvres désormais classiques comme Le Zinzin d'Hollywood ou Dr. Jerry et Mister Love. Bousculant les conventions, il est devenu une valeur sûre à Hollywood. Mais alors que les Américains ne voient en lui que le clown, les Européens et plus particulièrement les Français, le considèrent comme un auteur.
À travers des archives rares, extraits, témoignages d’amis, critiques et artistes comme Jonathan Rosenbaum ou Martin Scorsese, redécouverte du parcours de ce clown philanthrope et hors du commun.

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 the French recognized him as a true auteur.

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