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Jerry Lewis: Man Behind the Clown

Documentary, Biography, Comedy 1h 1m 2016

Celebrating his 90th year, comedian Jerry Lewis reflects back on his remarkable life and career in this insightful documentary.

Since the early days, Lewis – in the line of Chaplin and Laurel – had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches and signature slapstick humour. 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.

Blending archival footage, photos from Lewis’s life and extracts from his most notable films, as well as appearances from French filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle and never-before-interviewed friends, filmmakers and critics such as Martin Scorsese, Sean Hayes, Shaun Micallef, Tony Lewis and Jonathan Rosenbaum, who give an insightful view to his brilliant, yet deeply-conflicted persona, as well as his influential mark on the world as a comic, a filmmaker, a humanitarian and a visionary.

Director

Gregory Monro

Languages

English, French

Countries

France, United States