Double Bill: The Nutty Professor and Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown
Since his earliest days, SLIFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Jerry Lewis had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches, and signature slapstick humor. But Lewis was far more than just a funny performer. After his breakup with partner Dean Martin, he moved behind the camera, writing, producing, and directing many of the adored classics in which he starred. In this double bill, Gregory Monro’s brisk, informative documentary reveals the man behind the clown, and “The Nutty Professor” provides the proof of Lewis’ comic genius. Lewis’ riff on “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” features the actor in a dual role: the nerdish professor who drinks a potion designed to improve his social life and, after the transformation, the handsome but obnoxious Buddy Love.