The Nutty Professor + Bonjour Mr. Lewis, Part 1

BONJOUR MR. LEWIS, Part 1 – 7:30pm
The show opens with the introductory hour-long episode of Bonjour Mr. Lewis, the ultra-rare, six-part 1982 French documentary series! There is no better way to appreciate Jerry’s genius, originality and uniqueness than with this thoughtful and highly entertaining doc; we’ll be showing a different episode in front of all our Sunday afternoon Jerry Lewis screenings, in addition to tonight’s series kickoff.

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR – approx. 8:45pm
The crown jewel of Jerry Lewis’s directorial career, The Nutty Professor is his most undeniable masterpiece — the film to thrust upon Jerry doubters  and dare them to deny its perfection.  With perfectly-combined, awesome color coordination, it is a visual feast.  As well, Jerry creates not just one, but two brand-new, completely original characters that are each miracles of meticulous acting craft.  Just creating the iconic klutzy Professor Kelp would be enough: a personage so memorable, both in appearance and voice, as to haunt all of our subcortexes forever, if only second-hand through a staple character from the “Simpsons” stable (Professor Frink).  But then you’ve also got Kelp’s frighteningly funny and terrifyingly sexy alter ego Buddy Love: the suave, greazy Rat Pack incarnation of Lewis’ Id.  Every molecule of Buddy Love’s body, every inch of his movement, is completely realized, in a comedic acting ballet that will have your jaw on the floor.  So wipe off our lipstick, slide over here, and let’s get started. Rare IB Tech 35mm print — plus, reception to follow on our back patio.

The Nutty Professor Dir. Jerry Lewis, 1963, 35mm, 107 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
Bonjour Mr. Lewis (Part 1) Dir. Robert Benayoun, 1982, analog presentation, approx. 60 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Nutty Professor”!