The Nutty Professor
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This is also a visually beautiful film with astonishing use of color. A real treat on that count alone. It's also a splendid updating of Jekyll and Hyde with real relevance for modern times.
I write this to those who may be captivated by Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, or Tati, but who've avoided Lewis for years. Honestly, give him another try.
Instead, the new wavers cited Lewis' work from the early 1960s -- including what arguably are his best films as an actor and director: "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy."
Paramount, Lewis' longtime studio, has released both titles in splendid widescreen versions, along with seven of his other films. Some titles come with full or partial commentaries from Lewis and his pal Steve Lawrence; other modest bonus features are spread about the collection.
"The Nutty Professor," from 1963, looks amazing in widescreen, awash in hot circus colors. Seeing Lewis' film in its original aspect ratio reveals the director's dedication to offbeat and rewarding visuals. The film earns its Special Edition tag with a vivid transfer, feature-length commentary, making-of featurette and a half-hour career survey called "Jerry Lewis at Work." Screen tests, outtakes and promos complete the package. Paramount isn't known for breaking a sweat with catalog-title extras, but this is a solid collection.
The plot -- a buck-toothed college teacher brews up a formula that transforms him into an obnoxious ladies' man -- allowed Lewis to revisit the yin-yang comic dynamic he first developed with smoothy Dean Martin. Lewis played both roles.
Speculation that the professor's swinging chemical creation, Buddy Love, was based on the real-life Martin elicits an emphatic denial. "This could never be Dean," Lewis says.Read more ›
The music scenes in particular are brilliant and the scene where the truth comes out is surprisingly touching.
I always had a thing for men in glasses anyway.....
You'll bust a gut laughing at all the awkward moments between professor kelp and his classmates. It'll make you stand up and cheer with delight. Who knows? You may even imitate his impressions to impress your friends. I know I did.
Jerry Lewis, aside from playing three parts (Kelp, Buddy love, and the voice of jennifer the bird) also co-wrote the script. He's a zany director who really knows physical comedy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic Jerry Lewis and much better than the remake. Love his swing dance routine at the graduation prom.Published 11 days ago by L.S.
Seems like a work of genius and amazing how well it holds up more than fifty years later - there are certain comedic turns that are different than anything I've ever seen. Read morePublished 14 days ago by AS
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