Enfant Terrible!: Jerry Lewis in American Film
The one thing everybody knows about Jerry Lewis is that he is beloved by the French, those incomprehensible hedonistic strangers across the sea. The French understand him, while in the U.S. he is at best a riddle, not one of us. Lewis is someone we take profound pleasure in excluding, if not ridiculing.
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... represents a highly charged invocation of identity and masquerade, a query about masculinity and power and social relations, and also a play about film, ...
The syntax of his speech is likely to be warped, his social response apparently miscalculated, his needs uncivilized. Jerry doesn't know how to behave.
Jerry Lewis's screen intemperateness raises the issue of social order and the lengths to which we are willing to go to create and enforce it.
... We are in a position to see discipline as a feature of social organization and therefore, ultimately, of the control of the powerless by the powerful.