Martin & Lewis Tribute: Artists and Models + Bonjour Mr. Lewis, Part 2

BONJOUR MR. LEWIS, Part 2 – 4:30pm
The show opens with the second hour-long episode of Bonjour Mr. Lewis (the ultra-rare six-part 1982 French documentary series) focusing on Jerry’s relationship with his ultimate comedic partner: Dean Martin!

ARTISTS AND MODELS – approx 5:45pm
Some comedy duos are matches made in heaven, with perfect timing, sleek rapport and distinct character — and, every once in a lifetime, then there comes into being a partnership so beautiful, full of genuine love and emotion, and seismically singular that, sixty years later, the world still swoons as if laying eyes on them for the very first time. From the very start in the mid-’40s until their shocking breakup a decade later, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis owned the comedy world as Elvis or the Beatles would later dominate rock and roll — throngs of screaming fans everywhere, endless sold-out live shows, and a run of feature film vehicles that showed off their intimate, complex performative bond. Directed by Frank Tashlin, whose cartoonist background fused perfectly with Dean & Jerry’s anarchic sensibilities, Artists and Models is a hyper-colored explosion of style and silliness: Jerry’s an eternal child obsessed with superheroes, Dean’s his struggling comic book artist roommate, and a network of international spies are gunning for their heads after Dean publishes a comic accidentally containing real-life missile codes!

Artists and Models Dir. Frank Tashlin, 1955, 35mm, 109 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the ConstellationCenter Collection at the Academy Film Archive)
Bonjour Mr. Lewis (Part 2) Dir. Robert Benayoun, 1982, analog presentation, approx. 60 min.

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