If you saw the Academy Awards then you know Jerry Lewis won an honorary Academy Award - the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Whether he is or is not a humanitarian is up for debate. See here.
While Eddie Murphy was - on the surface - a natural choice to present the award to Lewis, I thought there was a missed opportunity to talk about why Lewis is a terrific filmmaker - championed by the French - and misunderstood by American critics (who focus only on plot).
He isn't loved by the French because he's a wonderful clown who makes us see the pathos behind the laughs.
No, the French love Jerry because he understands the formalism of film.
His use of the tools of cinema is what separates Lewis from the pack. Lewis made us laugh with his point of view camera angles and his use of editing to create the laugh.
I found these samples from Youtube so that you too can see what I mean.
The Laugh Is In The Edit
Point of View and Edit
This next link is also from The Nutty Professor. Before we see the transformed Jerry, there is an uncomfortably long POV shot and then some quick cuts for laughs...
What do YOU think?
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