ATTENTION!!: Special message from Jerry Lewis Club founder and Zzang!!! co-host Bryan Connolly, our guest for this Sunday's 35mm Cinema Club screening of CRACKING UP, the nutsiest movie ever made by the world's greatest nut!:
"Why should you see the Jerry Lewis film CRACKING UP on February 3rd at 7pm at The Ritz?
If you love Jerry, chances are you've never seen this in theaters. If you don't like Jerry, it probably means you've never really watched one of his films. I find him endlessly fascinating. The man was part of the biggest comedy team in history, with his partner Dean Martin. He then perfected his physical comedy abilities in films for former Looney Tunes director Frank Tashlin, such as CINDERFELLA and THE GEISHA BOY. Soon he was writing, directing, and producing slapstick comedies like no one had ever seen. He pushed what one could do in a comedy. He'd gladly trade plot for a bombardment of jokes. Sometimes he would go abstract, inserting lengthy scenes of interpretive dance, puppetry or pantomime. But most importantly, it was all very, very funny.
CRACKING UP is his most personal film, dealing with heavy issues of suicide and psychotherapy. It also has football great Dick Butkus punching cigarettes out of Mr. Lewis' mouth. This film has barely ever had a screening in the U.S. since its release in 1985. Its original title was "SMORGASBORD" and it features Milton Berle in drag. Legendary drunk comedian Foster Brooks is in fine form as an airplane pilot. And ten million other things happen. The film is basically a long string of brilliant gags. It's actually pretty insane that it was made in the '80s. It doesn't feel like it was made around the same time as PORKY'S and REVENGE OF THE NERDS. Maybe that's due to it being made by a man who mostly directed films in the '60s, but at the same time maybe it's because the film was and is still ahead of it's time. A comedy that is made for extreme laughs with no need to be taken seriously. A film can just be FUNNY.
This was the final feature film Jerry directed. And though he was 57 when he made it, he was at the top of his game. Things will break. Words will be mispronounced. The movie features a nearly ten minute pratfall sequence. TEN MINUTES. No one else does that anymore, and never did in the first place. Witness in glorious 35mm as the king of comedy rips it up in possibly the zaniest, weirdest comedy to ever crazify the Ritz screen." - Bryan Connolly
NOTE: This is just about the rarest 35mm screening we can possibly pull off, and it's gonna be completely, memorably maniacal. So if you love laughter, wildness, or brilliant insanity disguised as a spastic assault of idiocy...
...get your tickets HERE!