Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis will be among those honored at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival. Along with a screening of his classic "The Nutty Professor," Lewis will also be on hand for an interview segment with Illena Douglas followed by a question and answer session from the audience. In another highlight of the tribute, Jerry Lewis will have his hand and footprints enshrined in concrete in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre.
Jerry Lewis is one of the greatest living filmmakers of 20th century comedy cinema. Along with his hilarious romps during the 1950s with Dean Martin, Lewis's solo features such as "The Geisha Boy" (1958), "Who's Minding The Store" (1963), and "The Disorderly Orderly" (1964) are among the funniest movies of their time. These films were all helmed by animation director Frank Tashlin, whose live action features are filled with clever visual ideas. Lewis refers to Tashlin as "my teacher" recalling, "everything he thought was from the perspective of cartoons. He saw me as a live action cartoon."
Lewis's own directorial efforts are among his finest work, while films like "The Bellboy" (1960), "The Ladies Man" (1961), "The Patsy" (1964), and, of course, "The Nutty Professor" (1963) are among the most important comedy features in motion picture's rich history. Jerry Lewis appreciates the honor, while TCM's Robert Osborne has stated: "Jerry has provided the world with great merriment and laughter, while also showing, in such films as Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, what an exceptional dramatic actor he can be. Add to that his many credits as a popular director, producer and writer, and you see the reasons we are pleased to be able to honor him for his more than 60 years of contributions to the world of motion pictures."
According to the TCM website, passes for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival. In addition to Lewis, this year's TCM Classic Film Festival will pay tribute to Quincy Jones, who will appear at multiple events during the festival, including a 50th anniversary screening of Sidney Lumet's powerful drama The Pawnbroker (1964), which marked Jones' debut as a film composer. Other previously announced events during this year's festival include a screening of the recently restored Gone with the Wind (1939) and a presentation of The Wizard of Oz (1939) in its stunning new IMAX® 3D format. Both films are celebrating their 75th anniversaries in 2014.