Headline August 28, 2017/ ''' JERRY LEWIS- *JUST* -JERRY LEWIS '''



AT THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY - the most democratic, loving, caring and selfless organization Mankind ever conceived-

The Universe is in thrall to !WOW!, for attempting to build a better world for all future generations. So a Jerry Lewis question for you all, even while the world revers you all. So,.......

TELL ME HEROES, where the hell are those great Students of :
FRANCE, Israel, Egypt, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Morocco, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Yugoslavia, Spain, North Korea, Jordan, NZ, Singapore, Malaysia?.........

Laggards ALL, and dragging their feet for no reason whatsoever............... Merium? Rabo? Haleema? Dee? SaimaSeher/King College, Ambassador Malala /Oxford [Nobel Prize]? Eman/LUMS? Armeen/LUMS?
DESPITE THE AUGUST LULL and the terrorist attacks in Barcelona, Spain, the passing of Jerry Lewis has been very big news here in France, where the American actor-writer-director-producer-

*Was revered as an outstanding artist, and a polymath auteur*.

The French daily newspaper Liberation stated it clearly and simply on its front page ''Genie Lewis'' [Lewis the genius], summarizing in two words what the French have thought of the American comedian since the early 1950s.

Francoise Nyssen, France's culture minister, said Mr. Lewis had ''reinvigorated American burlesque.'' She added that he ''didn't aways receive the praise he deserved in his home country, where as French critics recognized his talent from early on.''

Ms. Nyssen's statement concluded : ''Jerry Lewis made us laugh, he made us happy. France, which was the country of his heart and of his success, will always dearly remember his voice, his silhouette and his humor.''

Jerry Lewis was always the subject of trans-Atlantic misunderstanding, provoking sarcasm in the united States and bewilderment in France.

While some Americans felt embarrassed by this contortionist comic, the French embraced his humor as both an abstract art and a satire of American life.

Americans mocked the French for falling for this crass clown, while the French couldn't understand why his genius was not obvious to his compatriots.

The French saw in Mr. Lewis a man who dared, an experimentalist and a pioneer, and an artist with an absolute creative freedom. 

He knew no bounds, no limits. His early champion here was the influential French film critic Robert Benayoun, who wrote a seminal book on Mr. Lewis.

A friend of Andre Breton and other Surrealists, Mr. Benayoun saw in Mr. Lewis's humor a continuation of Surrealism and the Theater of the Absurd.
in his book, ''Bonjour Monsieur Lewis,'' Mr. Benayoun wrote, ''Since Buster Keaton died, Lewis had been the world's biggest comic artist.''

Following Mr. Benayoun, the enfants terribles of the French New Wave , Louis Malle. Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, who embraced Mr. Lewis's work. 

His early films as a director, such as ''The Bellboy'', 'The Ladies Man' and *The Errand Boy* -which he also wrote, produced and starred in were heralded as masterpieces in France.

Edouard Waintrop, artistic director of the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, said that ''The Bellboy.'' Mr. Lewis's directorial debut, ''remains one of the funniest and most audacious films in cinema history, a series of gags without any sentimentality.

''Lewis's face is the grimacing mirror of our vanities,'' said the French film critic Pierre Murat. 

''His body, as bendy as rubber, is the reflection of our ridicule.'' He added that Mr. Lewis, as writer, director and actor, inherently trusted the ''public's intelligence, and their culture,'' continuing, '' Everybody understood at the time that-

''The Bellboy'' was a a rapt homage to Stan Laurel, the thinking man of the Laurel and Hardy duo -exactly like Jerry when he was Dean Martin's sidekick.''

In a memorable scene from the film, Mr. Lewis, in the title role, is ordered to bring a tourists luggage to her hotel room from her car. In the next scene, we see him haul in the vehicle's engine.

We don't know what has happened, we can only imagine. Mr. Lewis's art lay in the ellipsis. 

Jerry Lewis connects the French with their past in a profound way. His work hark backs to the time of George Melies, the godfather of comedies in the silent era, when the french were the world's most prolific producers that is before Hollywood made cinema an industry.

Melies, a one-man band, just like Mr. Lewis, performed a split personality onscreen, playing many different parts in his films. It is the same complexity that attracted the French public and critics to Mr. Lewis.

Like another American, Orson Welles, misunderstood at home and worshiped in France. Mr. Lewis was a handsome and intelligent man who loved hiding behind the character he had invented for himself : the ugly duckling : and the idiot.

But the French always seen him as a thinker and an innovator. Mr. Goddard even declared that Mr. Lewis was greater than Chaplin, and ''the only one in Hollywood able to transcend categories and norms.''

With his fourth film as director and actor, ''The Nutty Professor,'' Mr. Lewis enjoyed a climax in his career, one he was never able to repeat. 

However, despite much less successful films from the late late 1960 onwards, Mr. Lewis's status was never diminished in France, where his film's are regularly shown in Paris's art house cinemas alongside other world classics.

This week French television channels have been changing their schedules to show the genius of ''nutty Jerry Lewis'' to a younger audience -and keep his name alive. 

To the World, With all its Leaders, Movie fans, Heroes, *Little Angels : Maynah, Maria, Harem, Hannyia, Merium* Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers-

With very special dedication from !WOW! -the World Students Society and Twitter-!E-WOW! -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' World Under Siege '''

Good Night and God Bless

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