The Comedian Filmmaker: Jerry Lewis
With Martin Scorsese and Jerry Lewis in person
Co-presented with the Comedy Hall of Fame
A true Renaissance man, well recognized as one of the greatest comedians in the history of the field, Jerry Lewis helped define so much of comedy’s vast language as a stand-up performer, actor, producer and writer. Perhaps his greatest innovation was as a filmmaker. Taken together, movies such as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, The Nutty Professor, The Patsy, and The Family Jewels form a breathtaking virtual dictionary of every aspect of what is important and essential to the language of comedic film. His films would help forge the cradle of modern comedies as a separate movement in film, and his seminal book, The Total Film-maker (culled from almost 500 hours of lectures) offers an essential primer for the fledging comedic filmmaker. This unforgettable evening will be moderated by Martin Scorsese and will include clips from Jerry Lewis’s films.
Tickets: $30 ($18 members at the Film Lover, Dual, and Family levels / free for Silver Screen members and above). This event is sold out. Tickets may become available on a first-come, first-served basis through a standby line. Visit the Museum’s admission desk after 6:00 p.m. to secure a position in the standby line. Tickets to a simulcast of the discussion are also available.