Looking at Jerry Lewis || The Nutty Professor Storyboards

Of all the stars who worked in the golden age of the Hollywood studio system, few valued the acts of looking and being looked at more than Jerry Lewis. Lewis had years of stage experience behind him by the time he emerged as a major screen actor and director, and acknowledging the audience became an essential aspect of the ”comedy of looks” that characterized his work. In no other Lewis film is the experience of being seen so central a theme as it is in The Nutty Professor (1963), in which he treats his audience as a main character. In this adaptation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, his masterly dual performance as the self-effacing Professor Kelp and the narcissistic Buddy Love represents different sides of the Lewis persona, while on-screen students and night-club audiences who witness his character’s behaviour represent the critical gaze of the movie-going public.
[source: MoMA] Bill Avery
Jerry Lewis shooting a home movie, 1953

Bill Crespinel
Jerry Lewis mixing music at this home, 1961

John Jensen (American, 1924-2003)
Scenes from the Hangover sequence, 1962
Black and coloured pencil on vellum paper John Jensen (American, 1924-2003)
Scenes from the Stella fantasy sequence, 1962
Black and coloured pencil and pastel on vellum paper John Jensen (American, 1924-2003)
Mina bird cage sketches, 1962
Pencil on paper John Lauris Jensen’s storyboards for The Nutty Professor were on display between October 2018 – March 2019; they were a recent gift to the Museum of Modern Art.

January 5th, 2019

Movie Madness || Portland || OR

In our travels, we’ve had the chance to discover a fair number of comic shops, video libraries and cinema-related exhibitions. But we have never experienced anything like Movie Madness: a video store-cum-museum, with a vast collection of films including some hard to find elsewhere, neatly organised in clearly marked sections, and an exhibition space showcasing original costumes, props and other Hollywood memorabilia, this is one of the coolest places in Portland, a gem to be treasured by Portlanders and visitors alike.Laura Elliot, playing the character Miriam Haynes, wore these glasses in Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951). Her death by strangulation a the hands of Robert Walker’s character Bruno Anthony (reflected through the lenses of these glasses) was a key scene in the film. Costume worn by John Barrymore (1882-1942) in Romeo and Juliet, 1935.

Princess costume worn by Yvette Mimieux in the classic 1962 film ”The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”. The costume was created by Mary Wills who won an Academy Award for Best Costume Designer.

Jessica Lange wore this matching print dress and purse in the movie Blue Sky. Ms. Lange won the Oscar for Best Actress in this film, directed in 1992 by the legendary Tony Richardson.

Peter Boyle wore this brown wool costume in Young Frankenstein, in 1974.

If you enjoyed this mini-gallery, you can find out more about the museum collection (and rental store) on their website @Movie Madness.

Portland, OR

June 10th, 2018

Young Frankenstein

What a pleasure to have discovered Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (1974) forty-plus years after its release (forty-three to be precise)…! Presented by the man himself, no less.

A live introduction, broadcast from the 20th century Fox studios to movie theaters, with Mel Brooks paying tribute to the film’s late star Gene Wilder who had passed away just two months before. But also letting the audience in on a few ”secrets” like how he discovered the original laboratory equipment used in the 1931 film Frankenstein stored in the garage of the man who created it, Kenneth Strickfaden. As it happened, it was in perfect working condition – they didn’t even have to remove the dust. It went without saying that Mr. Brooks would use it again in Young Frankenstein…

AMC Empire 25

October 18th, 2016