Skip to comments.More of Jerry Lewis’ Holocaust Comedy Surfaces
Posted on 01/06/2014 12:15:19 PM PST by nickcarraway
These 25 minutes of footage and interviews are the last of it, were promised
Remember Jerry Lewis never-released Holocaust film? The one about the German-Jewish clown sent to Auschwitz (!) to entertain children as theyre sent to the gas chamber (!)? The grotesque comedic rendering of concentration camp life in whichspoiler alertLewis clown decides to voluntarily enter the gas chambers himself could have been the stuff of cinematic urban legendLewis told the New Yorker the film would never see the light of daybut thanks to the Internet its very, very real.
The 1972 film, The Day the Clown Cried, which Spy magazine called the most notorious cinematic miscue in history, began seeping out to the masses this summer, thanks to a YouTube user who posted from a clip of the film which aired as part of a Flemish documentary in 1972. Now, Slate reports, two more clips have surfaced on YouTubeanother clip from the film (from the same documentary), and footage of Lewis discussing the film in an interview.
The good news is that Slate assures us the two clips are the last remaining footage from the film. So youll never have to watch itor think about it, evenagain. For now, though, here they are:
So is Jerry Lewis.
You are right. Lewis intended this to be a serious movie, the one that would finally get him the critical acclaim and awards he thought he deserved.
Lewis deserved more acclaim for “The King of Comedy.”
This past year I lost a friend, Johann ‘John’ Bos. He was 88 and the sole survivor of his family and his wife, Julia, had survived internment at Theresienstadt.
John had an outstanding sense of dark humor and treated me to some of the funniest Holocaust humor. Coming from anyone else it would seem insensitive but coming from him you could see it was cathartic and I would not have denied it to him.
Lewis was brilliant in that movie.
I think you are absolutely correct. I obviously haven't seen the film, but the criticism of it sounds suspiciously politically-correct. One just doesn't mention the Holocaust, does one.