Pratt Film Society Presents: “The Nutty Professor”
Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
Higgins Hall Auditorium
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR
Directed by Jerry Lewis
(1963, U.S.A., 107 mins.)
Jerry Lewis's 1963 Jekyll and Hyde variation has always been tagged by two popular assumptions: one is that it is his best work as a comic filmmaker, and the other is that Lewis's Mr. Hyde equivalent--the slick, ultra-arrogant, good-looking womanizer Buddy Love--actually lampoons the director's former partner, Dean Martin. Well, The Nutty Professorcertainly is Lewis's best film. But all one has to do is watch it to realize the motivation behind Buddy Love is more confessional: he's really much more like Lewis's darker, narcissistic side, while the shlubby scientist (also played by Lewis) from whom Love springs is closer to the star's screen image.