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01.18.2010 | | Posted at 02:42 PM

The Case for Profundity

By David Luhrssen
The joke about the French discovering a profundity in Jerry Lewis unsuspected by American audiences is so old by now that younger film historians might be unaware. Chris Fujiwara, who previously authored biographies of directors Otto Preminger and Jacques Tourneur, asserts the significance of the comedian with no hint of embarrassment. Fujiwara�s Jerry Lewis, the latest installment in t...
04.05.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Director Otto Preminger (1906-1986) was a Jewish refugee from Vienna whose Hollywood career began with screen roles where he played Nazis. Some of the cast and crew who later worked with him over the course of some 35 films found him a bit Teutonic in real life, a commandant for whom his way was the only way. On the other hand, Preminger once fired an actor for calling another cast member a �nig...