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On the whole I found this documentary to be unsatisfying. I discovered
a few new insights into Jerry Lewis but not enough background
information to justify the length of this tribute piece. If you're a
hard core fan who adores his body of work then maybe this is for you.
If however you seek a warts and all look into the life of a major celeb
you may be disappointed. I became more and more irritated by the
endless accolades heaped on the man by a succession of Hollywood A and
To me this came across as more of a vanity piece than a true documentary. If that's what you're looking for, fine. Must have been a great boost to Jerry's ego.
Yes I am a Jerry Lewis fan - I grew up in the Borscht Belt and remember
him from the days he performed at the Browns Hotel. I was a volunteer
for his Labor Day Telethon, and my grandfather told me stories of
Jerry, before he was a star, coming into my grandfather's store in
South Fallsburg, New York, jumping on the counter, tap dancing, singing
and being completely crazy!
And I am a big fan of this film. For young documentary film makers, this is a great film to enjoy and learn from. I can't give the film a higher compliment than that.
Jerry Lewis's talent is legendary, his contribution to the entertainment world and primarily the film industry continues even today. His passion, his love of craft, his desire to learn, study and make it better, his love of nurturing young talent and sharing his knowledge and experience is astounding, admirable and hats of to this amazing man.
I can't wait for the film to be available on DVD so that I can share it with my friends and family.
Thank you Jerry Lewis. You make this world a better place. And the film is a great piece of work. Thank you!
I used to be a Jerry Lewis fan when I was in my teens and twenties (now
I'm in my sixties). Before I watched this movie yesterday, I expected
to enjoy a nice autobiography of this talented and original actor.
However, I was hugely disappointed. I was treated to an unending
display of self-praise. As if it was not enough to hear dozens of
actors and directors commenting positively about him. Jerry had to
hammer it down himself incessantly. Furthermore, if he acknowledged the
positive contributions of a few people in his life (such as his father
and Dean Martin), this was quickly followed by sarcastic remarks about
After watching this movie, I discovered a very unflattering aspect of Jerry's personality. His narcissism, which permeates the entire movie, is very hard to miss. It's very unfortunate that he chose to end his career in this manner.
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Veteran comic Jerry Lewis may be 85, but at an age when most of us would he happy to put our feet up and take it easy, he is still working. He regularly tours his stand up comedy show, performing 150-minute shows, and even taking questions from the appreciative audience. This hugely entertaining and fascinating documentary offers a comprehensive look at his career, which has spanned seven decades, and looks at his enduring appeal. There are plenty of clips from his films, which will please his fans and film buffs. But director Gregg Barson (who also made the documentary about Phyllis Diller Goodnight, We Love You) has also included archival footage of his early appearances with his father, who was a big influence on him. We get the picture of Lewis as a perfectionist as he rehearses for his live appearances. There is also plenty of material showing him performing with his long time comedy partner Dean Martin, which gives a taste of their anarchic and largely improvised humour. Lewis and Martin were enormously popular in their day, before Lewis went solo and became an even bigger star. Barson has also included plenty of interviews with some of his contemporaries like Carol Burnett and Carl Reiner. He commands respect from modern comics like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Stiller and Billy Crystal, who talk about his influence and his comic legacy. Directors of the calibre of Steven Spielberg and John Landis sing his praises as an innovative filmmaker with an extraordinary level of control over his own work as writer, producer and director. And there is plenty from Lewis himself, as Barson seems to have been granted unlimited access to the star. However, as Lewis himself was the executive producer of the documentary don't expect too many controversial or intensely personal revelations. It is all about his career and his comic genius on stage and screen, and borders on hagiography at times. Nonetheless, this is a must for fans. Method To The Madness Of Jerry Lewis has been another highlight of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
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