Similar Images #11


Footlight Parade
(Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley; 1933)


The Ladies Man
(Jerry Lewis; 1961)

8 comments:

Christopher said...

good one..good observation..

Geoff said...

see also: Jacques Tati's Playtime

globeglauber said...

According to filmmaker Bernard Queysanne, his friend and collaborator Georges Perec who loved "Ladies Man" was possibly inspired by it (and by its real size dollhouse set) for his book "La Vie mode d'emploi" ["Life: A User's Guide"] (1978) in which the writer describes a parisian apartment block as if the facade was removed.

> cf. > http://globeglauber.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/maisons-coupees-maison-de-poupees/

Mike S. said...

We've got to be in bed before eleven.
Naturally, we think it's very swell,
'Cause every little bridal suite is heaven
At the Honeymoon Hotel...

Fabulous pre-Code Busby Berkeley at his wildest. Genius unfettered and soaring in the "Honeymoon Hotel" number and "By a Waterfall," with its undulating nymphs and Freudian imagery. I show it to my community college students every semester, and after a few snickers at corny Dick Powell they start to ooh and aah at the kaleidoscopes onscreen. Even my jaded media-saturated kids get a jolt out of the Berkeley magic.

I never tried the Jerry Lewis, though.

Thanks, Tom!

Max Allan Collins said...

THE LADIES' MAN is one of Jerry's best, right in there with THE NUTTY PROFESSOR. Those two movies, plus THE BELLBOY and maybe THE PATSY, are the explanation for why the French get it and certain Americans don't.

swac said...

I've only watched The Ladies Man on laserdisc, where the unmatted image exposes the top of the set, killing the illusion. I really need to get the DVD.

M said...

I think I might have to make this a double feature. Thanks for the accidental rental tips!

Sosie Vidal said...

also, this is very similar to Godard's "factory set" in Tout va bien.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ToutVaBien05.jpg