Jerry Lewis

1 Dean and Me

Author : Jerry Lewis & James Kaplan
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Arts & Entertainment  Performing Arts 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2005-10-25
Description :  <b>In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of his fifty-year friendship with Dean Martin.&#xa0;</b><br /><br />They were the unlikeliest of pairs—a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J.. Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage. But the moment they got together, something clicked—something miraculous—and audiences saw it at once. <br /><br /> Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution. The millions flowed in, seemingly without end—and then, on July 24, 1956, ten years after it all started, it ended suddenly. After that traumatic day, the two wouldn’t speak again for twenty years. And while both went on to forge triumphant individual careers—Martin as a movie and television star, recording artist, and nightclub luminary (and charter member of the Rat Pack); Lewis as the groundbreaking writer, producer, director, and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies—their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as in each man’s heart.<br /><br /> In <i>Dean &amp; Me</i>, Lewis makes a convincing case for Martin as one of the great—and most underrated—comic talents of our era. But what comes across most powerfully in this definitive memoir is the depth of love Lewis felt for his partner, and which his partner felt for him: truly a love to last for all time.

2 The Vampire's Screech

Author : Jerry Lewis
Genre :  Horror  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2011-07-02
Description :  Sensation and muse substitute for life in the night after night of the undying vampire Genest. The stillness of a long seventy-five year hiatus inside a crypt hardly differs from the time he spent wandering, feeding, and observing. Then a crazy Mayan villager wakes Genest. Why Genest consults his friend, Pescheur, who was made at the age of sixty, twenty-five millennia ago. Pescheur maintains a simple routine and never rests, and the combination of immense power and his refusal to close his eyes for even a mere decade, makes him irritable. Marie, the mortal seer, old now, can only offer an opaque vision, an enigmatic clue, her powers muted not by age, but by something else. And then there is Dr. Gilbert Gaumont, a psychologist living and working in Hollywood who seeks a method for him to make a difference in the world. Gilbert has no idea how come the strange Genest sits in his office, and not a hint as to what&#39;s to happen.

3 Dean & Me. (Una storia d'amore)

Author : James Kaplan & Jerry Lewis
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Arts & Entertainment  Performing Arts 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2010-12-21
Description :  Dean Martin e Jerry Lewis. Semplicemente la coppia comica più famosa di sempre. La loro è stata una storia d'amore a tutti gli effetti e, come ogni love story che si rispetti, non è rimasta estranea a sentimenti quali odio e gelosia. Jerry Lewis rompe gli indugi e si racconta per la prima volta, regalando al pubblico la testimonianza scritta di uno dei momenti topici della comicità internazionale. Tutto inizia con un incontro casuale fra un italiano dell'Ohio (Martin) e un ebreo del New Jersey (Lewis). Prima di conoscersi, l'uno (di dieci anni più anziano del secondo) sembrava già destinato a una mediocre carriera da cantante di nightclub; il secondo mimava dischi agghindato come Carmen Miranda. Le pagine di "Dean &amp; Me" raccontano in maniera affettuosa e divertente i retroscena del leggendario sodalizio: la tumultuosa ascesa, la passione per alcol, donne e spinelli, le amicizie mafiose, le scorribande con Frank Sinatra, i litigi sui set degli Studios e la lenta, triste erosione del divertimento seguita da una vera e propria battaglia mediatica fra i due. Due personalità diverse e a tratti discordanti ora ritratte in maniera sorprendentemente onesta da Jerry Lewis: da una parte la travolgente comicità del picchiatello, la cui ambizione è superare il genio di Charlie Chaplin, dall'altra il talento più sfuggente del crooner italoamericano, showman per vocazione.

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