Retrospektive 2013

Bonjour Mr Lewis (Folge 3 und 4)

Robert Benayoun
FRA 1982
111 min

Robert Benayoun’s reverence for the uncrowned king of slapstick and unfettered silliness has maybe something to do with his own affinity to surrealism, which he joined in the forties and encouraged him to deal with the great masters of the absurd comedy like the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton. In six episodes Benayoun, who worked for many years as a film critic in Paris, immerses himself in the various aspects of the personality and comedian. He was allowed to use the inexhaustible supply of unused or private films, since Lewis was known for not throwing away one inch of celluloid and hoarding it in his basement. In addition to the interviews, in which renowned colleagues of Mel Brooks from Scorsese to John Landis and Lewis himself speak, there are especially these rare and sometimes startling images, that give a new sharper view on Lewis as a filmmaker and as a person.

Producer Pierre P. Kalfon is a guest of V'13.

  • Martin Scorsese
  • Peter Bogdanovich
  • John Landis
  • Pierre Richard - Pierre Durois
  • Mel Brooks
  • Marty Feldman
  • Federico Fellini
  • Ben Gazzarra
  • Patti Lewis
  • Louis Malle
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Robert Benayoun
  • Georges Prat
  • Jane Landis
  • J.P. Lagardelle
  • Itzhak Magal
  • Tim Robin
  • Gérard Calvi
  • Pierre Kalfon
Films Number One, Jerry Lewis Films Inc., Antenne 2, in Zusammenarbeit mit Rai
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