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Artists and Models
Eugene and Rick are two struggling artists who share apartment. However, Rick has problems with that, because Eugene is obsessed with pulp fiction comic books and has nightmares because of that. However, Rick soon finds that those nightmares could be excellent material for writing his own comic books.
There was a time when Martin & Lewis were two of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. Then Frank Sinatra convinced Dean Martin that he would never be taken seriously as long as he had Jerry Lewis as a tag along, it's sad really these two were great together. Here they star as starving artists who fall for a female comic book artist and her model for the "Bat Lady". From there it's what you would want from these two as Jerry Lewis provides the laughs while Dean Martin sings his way through the picture while chasing pretty ladies.
Is it too obnoxious to bait the IMDB crowd by calling this the "greatest comic book movie ever"? This was an absolute joy from start to finish, working well both as a vehicle for the substantial talents of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and as an auteur project for the colourful mis-en-scene, brilliant sight gags and thematic concerns of Frank Tashlin.
Dorothy Malone and Shirley MacLaine are effective as the love interests, and there are many brilliant scenes - the Rear Window reference, Lewis's "pretending" early in the apartment, the musical numbers (especially the final one on a giant paint board) and many others.
I'm torn on the narrative arc over the last half hour, a ridiculous spy plan/space race…
Colors, colors, colors. Tashlin is like a mini-Minnelli. Also: Shirley MacLaine was hot!
Madcap comedy propels madcap performances, led by Tashlain's manic visual invention. Lewis is God.
This is only the second Shirley MacLaine performance I've seen (the other being BERNIE, which was released nearly 60 years after this film) so I was pleasantly surprised to see that she was able to go toe-to-toe with Jerry Lewis. They make such a perfect pair - with their spastic movements and neurotic/cartoonish energy.
Frank Tashlin directs Martin and Lewis with a primary color palette and 1950s pin up girls in a musical satire on the comic book delinquency scandal and the Cold War and gender coding. Aspiring artist Dean Martin plagiarizes his spazzy friend Jerry Lewis's subconsciously vocalized nightmares in order to sell comic book story ideas. Jerry Lewis has two different, equally inspired sequences involving a staircase, one of which is shared with Shirley MacLaine (as his inspired love interest) who sometimes wears a "Bat Lady" costume.
Sex and colour. Mirrors reflecting the bare flesh of Dorothy Malone's legs, Dean Martin's immaculately hairless chest, or just plain looking at Malone and MacLaine sunbathing in their swimsuits, and getting oiled up by Martin. Martin sings Inamorata to Malone, and MacLaine replicates it on the stairs below, singing of her love to an unprepared Lewis. Genius stuff. The interactions of the four switch and pivot and intersect so wonderfully, and with such deft complexity. It's a marvel of ensemble comedy and construction, and builds perfectly into the espionage/musical finale.
It's also Tashlin's most outrageously complex pop culture satire, with multiple mediums existing on different planes within the one screen. You have Lewis and Martin working inside a giant ad,…
Shirley Maclaine is <3 the perfect match for Jerry Lewis.
I've seen too much Jerry Lewis recently to enjoy this comedy. I couldn't get into this story of the comic book author, his love for the Bat Lady, hers for him and their involvement in the world of espionage.
I've never really been a fan of Jerry Lewis but his cartoonish energy fits perfectly with Tashlin's absurdism. The plot takes a zany turn in the last 30 min. that piles on the fun ridiculousness (plus a throw-away Rear Window gag?!?). MacLaine almost matches Lewis' energy and is absolutely charming
Most terrifying moment: the kid that gets dropped off at Murdock's office with the unnaturally low voice.
A man uses his roommate's hysterical dreams to create a successful comic book. As usual, Jerry Lewis is beyond annoying though I could see how that is how his character is supposed to be portrayed. The songs musical numbers are fresh but really quite unnecessary. I guess Dean Martin had something in his contract requiring him to have a couple drab numbers. Regardless of these two annoyances, the film is a colorful explosion of creativity and coy cheekiness. It's no Rock Hunter, but it'll do.
Frank Tashlin never slows down the pace as he keeps filling each frame of Artists and Models with explosive color, inspired framing, women, fetishes, Dean Martin singing, comedy bits, visual gags, or Jerry Lewis being extremely annoying. This is an extreme amount of fun and pure lunacy at times. Really fun, colorful stuff. Worth watching just to see the kind of stuff Tashlin is able to pull off while working with the VistaVision format.
Really enjoyed this. Honourable mentions: Jerry Lewis turning his table into a piano as Chaplin did his shoe into dinner before him; Lewis' various comic book-fuelled fever dreams; Lewis/MacLaine mimicking each other on the stairs - in fact, just all the staircase scenes. Testament to Lewis' immense screen presence that he completely outshines Dean Martin in this. MacLaine/Malone are both excellent, too. Totally madcap and somewhat incongruous turn in the narrative towards the end but that's all part of the fun. 1955 hasn't let me down yet.
I saw this film upon the recommendation of a friend and I have to say thank you to him because this is an excellent recommendation. This film marks two firsts for me. It's my first Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis movie and my first live-action film from director Frank Tashlin. Basically, it's about two roommates, one an artist and one an aspiring children's book writer who are unemployed and they meet two ladies and things get crazy from there. The musical numbers are just okay for me and it took me a while to get used to Jerry Lewis' antics but there's so much great things here that I quickly got over any reservations almost immediately. The film is almost consistently funny and also oddly racy in a sneaky manner. It's fluff for sure but very outstanding fluff. I echo my friend's recommendation.
I loved this bold and colorful film. Frank Tashlin's direction is so inventive in "Artists and Models". His frames are always filled with something interesting going on... including his fetishes. A real treasure.
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List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2014 edition,…