Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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The Ladies Man (1961)
Directed by Jerry Lewis
For someone who has so notoriously and repeatedly dismissed women’s comedic potential, Lewis sure does surround himself with them in this movie (and he gives them plenty of jokes, too!). Sandwiched between The Bellboy and The Errand Boy, this is another anti-narrative in which Lewis’s nasal-voiced spazz (employed as the handyman at a boarding house for young ingénues) screws up one menial task after another. The four-story dollhouse where 90 percent of the movie takes place was then the most expensive set built for a comedy, and Lewis’s use of color is inventive, vibrant, and striking. But as per usual, the biggest laughs come from the little things; an extended sequence in which Lewis tries to reposition a man’s crumpled hat makes for one of the funniest in the comedian’s oeuvre. Zach Clark (Mar 29 at Moving Image, part of its See It Big! Comedies series)

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