“Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown” Premieres at Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival, one of America’s most respected film festivals uniquely known for revealing its festival program on opening day, finally revealed its line-up earlier last week.

The 43rd edition, taking place from September 2 – September 5 in Telluride, Colorado, will showcase some of this year’s finest works. Over 70 films will be presented, including the worldwide premiere of Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the ClownGregory Monro’s brand new 60-minute documentary on American film icon Jerry Lewis, who participated in the film before turning 90 this past year.

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin’s summary of the documentary:

In between the great cinematic comedians of the golden age of Hollywood and the modern era sits one giant figure who, at age 90, is still somewhat taken for granted: Jerry Lewis. Filmmaker Gregory Monro seeks to remedy that situation with this thorough documentary built around a recent interview with the star, well-chosen (and imaginatively edited) clips from his movies, kinescopes of television shows, newsreels, vintage interviews, rare nightclub performance footage, behind-the-scenes material and a variety of cogent “talking heads,” including Lewis critics and scholars, French performer and filmmaker Pierre Étaix and (wait for it) Jean-Luc Godard! From the opening moments of the film, Monro shows, rather than tells, why we should care about Jerry Lewis: because he is both thoughtful and irresistibly funny. 

The film will premiere at Telluride on Friday, September 2 at 2pm (Telluride Backlot) and on Sunday, September 4 at 7pm (Sheridan Opera House), followed by a Q&A with director Gregory Monro.

Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown is a French-Australian production, co-produced by French Connection Films, Arte France, INA (French National Archives), Lowlands Media and Inkwell Films, and in association with The French Film Board (CNC), Cine +, Avrotros, SNRT Morocco, Procirep & ANGOA.

For press inquiries, please contact Jim Le at:  jimle@frenchcx.com.