The City: Milan #1


Original Caption:

Milan -- Astonished strollers, tourists and Milanese in the Piazza del Duomo could hardly believe their eyes at the sight of comedian Jerry Lewis cavorting in and about the famed square. Only it wasn't the Hollywood star making a surprise visit to the Italian city, it was just a young Italian imitator, Adriano Celentano, the spitting (and leaping) image of the zany American comic. This photo gives you a pretty good idea of why they are calling the 18-year-old Celentano the "Jerry Lewis of Italy." Look out, now, here he comes! Adriano says he has solved the parking problem by converting this tricycle. It may look a trifle silly, but it's practical - or is it? Says Adriano: "I like it, I like it. It gets me where I wanna go, so there." (1956)

9 comments:

swac said...

Sammy Petrillo oughta sue.

H. P. L. said...

Eh, Celentano is one of a kind... And probably impossible to understand outside Italy.
But he dropped the Jerry Lewis persona quickly, to become one of our most popular singers...
Even today he's still a powerhouse to reckon with...

swac said...

I looked him up, he's got quite a resume. And one of his kids played the devil in Gibson's passion play.

H. P. L. said...

This is one of his best songs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_0Vk4G_hl4

check out 70s Italian TV studios as a bonus! ;-P

He's no songwriter, but with sheer charisma alone could put everyone to shame. And I mean, everyone.

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks for that info, Pietro; seriously. I was totally unaware of the guy.

Cheers!

Steven Augustine said...

He was good in La Dolce Vita (the over-excited rock-n-roller who takes a tumble)...

Tom Sutpen said...

Ha! Didn't know that was this guy (though from the photo, you can see he was already on the fast track to a Fellini walk-on). Thanks!

Steven Augustine said...

I only happen to know because he was producing "hit" records, still (in Germany, at least), as recently as the 1990s! About which I remain baffled. (Not that I'm German, mind you).

Sam said...

Really, one Jerry is all the world needs.