THE KING OF COMEDY
1982, New Regency, 109 min, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Way ahead of the curve in its dissection of celebrity culture, this unsettling film reteams director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro to profile a New York outsider less violent but no less deranged than TAXI DRIVER’s Travis Bickle. Wannabe comedian Rupert Pupkin is so desperate for a chance to perform on a late-night TV show that he kidnaps its host (Jerry Lewis, a revelation here) with the help of a stalker (Sandra Bernhard).


THE LADIES MAN
1961, Paramount, 95 min, Dir: Jerry Lewis

Writer-director Jerry Lewis stars as Herbert H. Heebert, who swears off women when he catches his girlfriend making out with another man. That’s easier said than done on his new job – handyman at an all-female boarding house (a multistory, open-faced set that allows for some amazing crane shots). A quintessential Lewis comedy, peppered with absurd sight gags.


MAX ROSE
2013, Paladin, 83 min, Dir: Daniel Noah

Professional pianist Max Rose (Jerry Lewis) takes pride in his long career but even greater joy in his marriage to Eva (Claire Bloom). He is devastated when she dies – and torn by doubt when he discovers an intimate gift from another man among her effects. Kevin Pollak, Mort Sahl and Dean Stockwell costar in this beautiful story of lifelong love, which features a score by Morgan Z. Whirledge and the song "Hurry Home" by Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman.


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