The Bellboy + Bonjour Mr. Lewis, Part 4

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

THE BELLBOY – approx 5:15pm
Walking too many dogs? Carrying too many suitcases?  Too many phones a-ringin’? Well, join the club!  The Bellboy, Jerry’s directorial debut, was miraculously conceived, written, shot and released in just six months as part of a promise to Paramount to deliver a summer film after the production of Cinderfella.  With no actual story, no real plot, a main character that utters only one line of dialogue, and a baggage cart full of highly surreal jokes, The Bellboy remains Lewis’ most experimental endeavor, and one of his most endearing to boot.  A true testament to Lewis’ love of the great silent clowns (Stan Laurel in particular), the Miami hotels he played in his youth, and every schlub who could never get a word in edgewise (not even a “Hey, ladeeee!”), The Bellboy is an eruption of cinematic talent that proved Lewis wasn’t just a comedian, but a total filmmaker.

The Bellboy Dir. Jerry Lewis, 1960, 35mm, 101 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
Bonjour Mr. Lewis (Part 4) Dir. Robert Benayoun, 1982, analog presentation, approx. 60 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Bellboy”!
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