Sunday, May 4, 2008
The Education of Stiv Bators
This weekend, while reading Peter Bogdanovich's Who the Hell's In It (Knopf, 2004, 528 pages), a neat, slight comedown from his extremely erudite and vastly entertaining Who the Devil Made It, I took great pleasure in realizing that out of the many trenchant actor profiles/interviews collected (John Cassavetes, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich)the lengthiest, most wide ranging, and most highly informative chapter featured none other than enfant terrible Jerry Lewis. Serendipity intervened, as it will on the occasional perfect cave-dwelling, get-it-together, hope-for-the-best weekends, and up popped the Jerry Lewis/Frank Tashlin gem Rock A Bye Baby somewhere in cableland. What can I say about my boy Jerry, in full rocking mode? Sublime. Delicious. (Hold on, I gotta watch it again.) Fucking hilarious.