Cinderfella + Bonjour Mr. Lewis, Part 5

BONJOUR MR. LEWIS, Part 5 – 4:00pm
The show opens with the fifth hour-long episode of Bonjour Mr. Lewis (the ultra-rare six-part 1982 French documentary series) focusing on Jerry’s performance as a dancer!

CINDERFELLA – approx 5:15pm
This gender-bending take on the Cinderella story is the most extravagant of the Frank Tashlin-directed Jerry Lewis films — a big-budget, glorious Technicolor musical for the whole family.  Lewis has always said music was the spine of his comedy, and his and Tashlin’s attention to rhythm and movement is exemplary here: watch Lewis make breakfast in perfect time to music, enacting every note with a goofy physicalization.  And then there’s the legendary “Cinderfella dance”, in which a Dean Martin-suave Jerry smoothly descends a six-foot staircase with grace and style — which he impossibly nailed in just one single take.  The beginning of a golden era flush with Jerry classics, Cinderfella is presented this afternoon  in a gorgeous IB Tech print from the Academy Film Archive — don’t miss it!

Cinderfella Dir. Frank Tashlin, 1960, 35mm, 91 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
Bonjour Mr. Lewis (Part 5) Dir. Robert Benayoun, 1982, analog presentation, approx. 60 min.

Watch the trailer for “Cinderfella”!
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