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Friday, January 23, 2009

Jerry

I just found out that Jerry Lewis will receive an honorary Oscar at this year's ceremony. That almost makes up for my grievances about the nominations! Although, no disrespect to Jerry's humanitarian work, which is commendable and all, but I can't help but feel sore that the award is for that instead of his legendary emulsion-licking.


I'll take this occasion to paste the famous (ok, not that famous) opening sentences of Jerry's book The Total Filmmaker:

“Film, baby, powerful tool for love or laughter, fantastic weapon to create violence or ward it off, is in your hands. The only possible chance you’ve got on our round thing is not to bitch about injustice or break windows, but to make a concerted effort to have a loud voice. The loudest voice known to man is on thousand-foot reels. Campus chants about war are not going to help two peasants in a rice paddy on Tuesday. However, something might be said on emulsion that will stop a soldier from firing into nine children somewhere, sometime. Now, next year, five years from now. Try emulsion instead of rocks for race relations and ecology. That, and love and laughter, has to be what it’s all about. Then you’ll survive. Maybe we’ll all survive. Maybe.”

If the Oscar people could read that, they'd be like, wow, we should given this man one of these a long time ago. And they'd be right!

Jerry!

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