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3.7
146 Ratings

The Patsy

Directed by Jerry Lewis
United States, 1964
Comedy

Synopsis

Toward the end of Jerry Lewis’s Paramount studio period, Lewis slapped together this bitter comedy about Hollywood phoniness and fame that has to be the most rancid portrait of the Hollywood star system in the Rat Pack era this side of Clifford Odets.

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The Patsy Directed by Jerry Lewis

Critics reviews

I am not sure which is [Lewis’] best or even my own personal favourite. I love the two early black-and-whites, The Bellboy and The Errand Boy (1961), and when I think of his colour films The Ladies Man(1961) most often comes to mind. But if you were to watch only one of his movies, The Patsy would be a good dip of the toe into Lewis waters, since it includes almost all of the thematic, formal, and stylistic qualities that have made Lewis so beloved.
July 10, 2016
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Jerry Lewis, philosopher. Few filmmakers are as precise in their conception of scenes and their creation of the images that bring them to life; few rework and deepen a set of ideas as obsessively throughout their careers; few put themselves on camera as bravely and vulnerably; and few conjure such a bold identification with their viewers. All of these remarkable cinematic traits are on view in "The Patsy.
July 22, 2015
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