Jerry Lewis: Man Behind the Clown (2016)

  • Documentary, Biography, Comedy
  • 1h 1m

Since the early days, Jerry Lewis – in the line of Chaplin and Laurel – had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches and signature slapstick humour. Yet Lewis was far more than just a clown. He was also a groundbreaking filmmaker whose unquenchable curiosity led him to write, produce, stage and direct many of the films he appeared in, resulting in such adored classics as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, and The Nutty Professor.

By becoming a “total filmmaker,” Lewis surpassed expectations as a comic performer and emerged as a driving force in Hollywood. He broke boundaries with his technical innovations, unique voice and keen visual eye. However, American critics and the cultural elite tended to reject his abrasive art. While they viewed Lewis as nothing more than just a clown, others, like the French, recognised him as a true auteur.

Celebrating his 90th year, Jerry Lewis candidly reflects back on his remarkable life and decades-long career – from his legendary partnership with crooner Dean Martin, to his incredible rise to fame, to his great love affair with filmmaking. Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind The Clown blends archival footage, photos from Lewis’s life and extracts from his most notable films, as well as appearances from French filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle and never-before-interviewed friends, filmmakers and critics such as Martin Scorsese, Sean Hayes, Shaun Micallef, Tony Lewis and Jonathan Rosenbaum, who give an insightful view to his brilliant, yet deeply-conflicted persona, as well as his influential mark on the world as a comic, a filmmaker, a humanitarian and a visionary.

Director

Gregory Monro

Language(s)

English, French

You may also like

Honeyland
  • Documentary, Drama
  • 1h 29m
For Sama
  • Documentary, War
  • 1h 40m
No Dress Code Required
  • Documentary
  • 1h 31m
The Ice King
  • Documentary
  • 1h 29m
Halston
  • Documentary
  • 1h 45m
The Australian Dream
  • Documentary
  • 1h 45m
The Biggest Little Farm
  • Documentary, Kids and Family
  • 1h 31m
RBG
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 37m
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
  • Documentary
  • 1h 20m
Studio 54: The Documentary
  • Documentary
  • 1h 35m
Marina Abramovic in Brazil: The Space in Between
  • Documentary
  • 1h 25m
Dior and I
  • Documentary
  • 1h 30m
Pavarotti
  • Documentary
  • 1h 54m
2040
  • Documentary
  • 1h 32m
Celia
  • Documentary
  • 1h 40m
Mystify: Michael Hutchence
  • Documentary
  • 1h 42m
Yellow is Forbidden
  • Documentary
  • 1h 32m
Jean Paul Gaultier: Freak and Chic
  • Documentary
  • 1h 32m
Hail Satan?
  • Documentary
  • 1h 35m
The Gospel According to André
  • Documentary
  • 1h 30m
The September Issue
  • Documentary
  • 1h 30m
Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Documentary
  • 1h 27m
Blackfish
  • Documentary
  • 1h 22m
Old Dog
  • Documentary, NZ Title
  • 1h 6m
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 29m
Wine Calling
  • Documentary
  • 1h 30m
Western Stars
  • Documentary
  • 1h 23m
Walking on Water
  • Adventure, Comedy
  • 1h 27m
Gurrumul
  • Music, Documentary
  • 1h 36m
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
  • Documentary, History
  • 1h 30m
The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Philipps
  • Documentary
  • 1h 35m
Vintage
  • Documentary
  • 1h 8m
Inventing Tomorrow
  • Documentary
  • 1h 27m
Pick of the Litter
  • Documentary
  • 1h 17m
Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent
  • Documentary
  • 1h 14m
Liam Gallagher: As It Was
  • Documentary
  • 1h 25m
Dan Carter: A Perfect 10
  • Documentary
  • 1h 30m
McKellen: Playing the Part
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 32m
The Wolfpack
  • Documentary
  • 1h 17m
City of Gold
  • Documentary
  • 1h 32m
Bill Cunningham: New York
  • Biography, Documentary
  • 1h 24m
Becoming Bond
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 29m
Banksy Does New York
  • Documentary
  • 1h 20m
Ants on a Shrimp: Noma in Tokyo
  • Documentary
  • 1h 29m
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  • Documentary
  • 1h 31m
Advanced Style
  • Documentary
  • 1h 15m
Mountain
  • Documentary
  • 1h 14m
McQueen
  • Documentary
  • 1h 47m
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A
  • Documentary
  • 1h 33m
Love, Marilyn
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 47m
That Sugar Film
  • Documentary
  • 1h 38m
Kusama: Infinity
  • Documentary
  • 1h 15m
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 24m
I Am Not Your Negro
  • Documentary
  • 1h 29m
Fahrenheit 11/9
  • Documentary
  • 2h 3m
David Lynch: The Art Life
  • Documentary
  • 1h 27m
Citizenfour
  • Documentary
  • 1h 54m
Being Elmo
  • Documentary
  • 1h 20m
Winter at Westbeth
  • Documentary
  • 1h 20m
Tickled
  • Documentary, Comedy
  • 1h 32m
Out
  • Documentary, LGBTQI
  • 1h 4m
Martha: A Picture Story
  • Biography, Documentary
  • 1h 24m
Porndemic
  • Documentary
  • 1h 32m
Speak Up
  • Documentary
  • 1h 39m
Pecking Order
  • Documentary, NZ Title
  • 1h 28m
Greedy Lying Bastards
  • Documentary
  • 1h 34m
Dancer
  • Documentary
  • 1h 25m
Ailo's Journey
  • Documentary, Family
  • 1h 26m
Namatjira Project
  • Documentary, Australian
  • 1h 26m
A Matter of Taste
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 8m
A Hard Day's Night
  • Music, Documentary
  • 1h 27m
She Shears
  • Documentary
  • 1h 19m
Scotch: A Golden Dream
  • Documentary
  • 1h 29m
The Heart Dances
  • Documentary
  • 1h 38m
Armstrong
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 40m
The Song Keepers
  • Documentary
  • 1h 24m
Kedi
  • Documentary
  • 1h 19m
Journal de France
  • Documentary
  • 1h 40m
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
  • Documentary, Music
  • 33h 37m
Best of Enemies
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 27m
Making the Grade
  • Documentary
  • 1h 25m
Becoming Traviata
  • Documentary
  • 1h 53m
The Last Goldfish
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 21m
For My Father's Kingdom
  • Documentary
  • 1h 37m
Cerro Torre
  • Documentary, Sport
  • 1h 43m
Between Land and Sea
  • Documentary, Adventure
  • 1h 27m
In the Shadow of Women
  • Drama
  • 1h 13m
Meeting Gorbachev
  • Documentary, Biography
  • 1h 30m
Herbs Songs of Freedom
  • Documentary
  • 1h 31m
John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection
  • Documentary, Sport
  • 1h 35m
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
  • Documentary
  • 1h 31m